A Very Scandi Tradition - Crayfish Party!

A Very Scandi Tradition - Crayfish Party!

A crayfish party, at which people gather to eat, drink and be merry, is a typically Scandinavian festivity marking the end of summer.

Traditionally taking place in late August or September, this is a chance for Scandinavians to gather to celebrate the crayfish season. With fresh crayfish, paper hats and decorations, some beer and schnapps and plenty of silly drinking songs, a crayfish party is a really traditional festivity that is also plenty of fun!

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Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

A proper crayfish party will have LOTS of crayfish, plenty for all of the guests! They are delicious when cooked in dill and served with new potatoes.

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Björn Tesch/imagebank.sweden.se

Crayfish are nocturnal creatures, and so a trip out on the lake at night is needed to catch them, if you are going for the fully authentic Scandinavian experience!

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Anders Ekholm/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se

Freshly caught crayfish, ready for the pot!

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Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

Silly hats and ‘smiling moon’ decorations are essential at a Scandinavian crayfish party - it’s all part of the fun!

 Björn Tesch/imagebank.sweden.se

Björn Tesch/imagebank.sweden.se

Traditionally all kinds of snaps are served, as well as beer. The crayfish are boiled in salt water and seasoned with fresh dill – preferably "crown dill" harvested after the plant has flowered – then served cold and eaten with the fingers. Bread, Västerbotten cheese pie, salads and other dishes are served buffet-style.

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Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

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Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se

Why not invite your friends around this year and host your own crayfish party to round off a fantastic summer?!


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