Something Swedish


International Midsummer Celebrations

It is almost the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, which means that it is almost time for the biggest holiday in Sweden: MIDSOMMAR (Midsummer)

Here in Sweden we like to celebrate everything on the eve, or the “afton” which means that our eating of “new” potatoes, herring, eggs, and strawberries while ingesting vast amounts of alcohol (only after singing drinking songs), dancing around a pagan fertility pole (usually in the rain) starts on Friday.

If you have no idea what Midsommar is then this video can help:

If you live in Sweden, you probably already know all about Midsommar and have plans to celebrate – or hopefully have someone to show you the ropes (If not, read this old post The magic of Midsummer)

Not in Sweden but want in on the fun? You might be in luck! There are Swedish midsommar celebrations outside of Sweden. It’s a fantastic way to get a feel for Swedish culture, food, music, games, tradition, language and to meet some Swedish people!

1.  New York City, USA. (Pictures of last year’s celebrations)

Friday, June 19, 5-8 pm
Robert F. Wagner Park
Battery Park City in lower Manhattan
Rain or shine

2. California, USA (Flyer to the event details)

Sunday, June 28, 2015
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Vasa Park, Agoura
$5 admisssion

3. London, UK  (Pictures from last year’s celebration)

Saturday June 20th
Hyde Park
12:00 – 7:00pm

4. Berlin, Germany (Facebook group with info on tickets)

Friday, June 19th
4:00pm – onward
Urban Spree

5. New Jersey, USA (Flyer with details)

Saturday, June 27th
Vasa Park
$10 adult admission

 6. Michigan, USA (Swedish American heritage Society of Michigan)

Saturday, June 20th
11:00AM-4:00 PM
Grand Rapids, Alaska Avenue
$12 admission

7.  Vancouver, Canada (Event program)

Saturday, June 20th & Sunday June 21st
9:00am -11:00pm &  10:00am-4:00pm
Scandinavian Community Center
$10 admission


Me and Some Swedish Food: “Jag och Lite Svensk Mat”

Four (Fyra) Wienerbröd

Scouring through my old photos I came across a pattern. Every time I make a new folder of my visits in Sweden there is a sub folder named “food.” Couple this together with the hubby bringing home my favorite sweet, wienerbröd (a “Danish”), the other day and realizing that I needed to take a picture of it before sinking my teeth into it- I realized I might as well put this photo taking habit to use (In my defense he brought home four danishes and it looked pretty when I put them on the plate). So, today’s post is a simple one- some past photos of me enjoying Swedish food! Which is likely to be a reoccurring theme in the future, but at least those will be current and these will provide some Swedish context!

Anywhere we go

Danishes in Denmark

Strawberry Jam & Cream

Strawberry Jam on my pannkakor (Swedish pancakes, translates to "Pan Cookies," otherwise known as "crepes"

Christmas Dessert! I love Struvor!

Bag of truffles, the bag says, "My Heart Bleeds for Chocolate"

Enjoying a Delicious Gelato!

Swedish Pizza (Only made as Individual Pies) Vegetarian

Swedish Kabob Pizza

Some Swedish Meatballs, Sausage and Potatoe Cassarole

Can't celebrate Midsummer without Herring of all sorts!

Our Wedding "Smörgåsbord," front and center: Salmon

Makes me Smile!

Waffles in Trivoli (Carnival), Denmark

Waffles in Liseberg, Göteborg (Large Theme park in Gothenburg)

Semla och Wienerbröd

Eating pizza with a knife and fork

Eating Pizza in the Park

Some Homemade Food from the Swedish Hubby

Enjoying Lingonberry with my meat and potatoes

A lot of sweets in those photos but you get the idea. Believe it or not, people look at you strange when you whip out a camera in restaurants or at the family gatherings, so there  is a lot of traditional Swedish food missing, which I will work on photographing! Hope you enjoyed seeing me eat all that food!