Participating locations of Ikea stores across the United States will host a Swedish crayfish party — or late summer smorgasbord, if you prefer — on Friday, August 15. Although you may think of crayfish boils as a mainstay of summer in the American South, the crayfish party is a long-standing Nordic tradition that actually dates back to the 1800s.
Since Sweden’s fishing season was once limited to August and September, crayfish parties were traditionally held during the late summer and included “paper hats and colorful crayfish-themed bibs,” says the press release from Ikea.
The Ikea Crayfish Party menu will include crayfish, cucumber salad, hardboiled eggs with mayonnaise and shrimp, Rhode Island salad with crayfish, Najad salmon with horseradish or gravad lax with mustard sauce, cheese pie, meatballs with lingonberries, strawberry and black currant crumble, and even more Swedish dishes.
To participate, contact your local Ikea for event details and seating times. Tickets are available for $12.99 per person and $4.99 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available to Ikea Family members for $9.99 per person or $2.49 for those 12 and under.
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.