April 27 – Norwegian Heritage Festival

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The Norwegian Heritage Festival is by far the most popular event each year for the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University. This year it takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Anderson University Center, 12180 Park Avenue S.

This event is held on both the upper and lower levels of the center. The hallways are filled with vendors of Scandinavian wares. Weavings, dolls, sweaters, aprons, hardanger embroidery, rosemåling, tee shirts, knives, word carvings and so much more are available for purchase. In the Regency Room, there will be music, dancing and Scandinavian cuisine. Rømmegrøt, a Norwegian porridge made with sour cream, whole milk, wheat flour, butter, and salt will be available in limited quantities. Cookies from krumkake to sandbakkles and the ever popular lefse will be for sale along with many other treats.

Although Lutefisk is popular in the PLU school song, it is unlikely to be actually available to sample. It is possible someone will direct you to a dinner date at the Sons of Norway where you can sample the both celebrated and reviled delicacy.

Downstairs in the Scandinavian Cultural Center (SCC) will be medieval Viking reenactments, and various utensils amid the current museum cultural displays.

Arrive early in the event if you want to be sure to get the treats you like best. Since it is Saturday, you should be able to find parking in the upper PLU parking lots.

All the SCC events and classes can be found on their Facebook Page. They offer classes, lectures, and other Scandinavian country special events as well. Danish Sangaften is April 28 at 1 p.m. and a morning celebration with a flag raising in Red Square is held on May 17 (8:30 a.m.) to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day.

 

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