The aroma of barbecue sent me a-whirlin’.My eyes immediately set on the longest link of sausage I had ever laid eyes on. On either side were two huge hunks of mutton. Fresh carrots, onions and mushrooms lay on the grass next to a branched pit over which a black pot was boiling. Wearing a fresh flower wreath atop my head, I entered a tent and chatted with three seated viking women who were weaving and giggling. I pointed at the grey gruel in a bowl on the elaborate red and white rug and inquired, “what’s that?”
“Liver pate. We try to eat as authentic as possible.” The glint of her glasses served as the only reminder of modern day. “For today’s dinner, I can’t use pepper because the Vikings didn’t have pepper.” I complemented them on their commitment to authenticity. Although I must say, those tents furnished with sheepskin and blankets looked really cozy. The fresh strawberries and crusty bread looked quite appetizing as well. I asked about the intricate brooches that adorned their apron-like dresses. In between the brooches was a beaded strand that apparently signified availability and fertility. I noticed one of the Viking women’s bangle and ring to which she replied, “oh, the men wear more rings than the women.” The vikings may have been ruthless but they made and wore fabulous jewellery! Apparently, Viking style is as intricate yet less symmetrical than Celtic style jewellery.
The midsommar Scandinavian festival runs from 22 to 23 June: http://www.scandinavianmidsummerfestival.com/
I saw the rise of the may pole wound in blue and yellow ribbons and bedecked with flora despite the best efforts of the mischievous trolls who cavorted about.
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Accordian notes lingered in the humid air while Danes dressed in traditional garb danced in a circle. The orchestra suddenly broke into a tribute to Queen. Hang on, that’s a British band!
Here’s a hilarious sample of Finnish vocab in comparison with other languages.
Lastly, and best of all, was the toscakaka or Swedish almond cake. The food at the festival wasn’t cheap but this one was a steal– it cost only $2! BEST ALMOND DESSERT EVER.