To anyone familiar with Scandinavian cookies, simply reading the words krumkake, sandbakkelse, rosettes and fattigman can bring on the drool.
For those who wouldn’t know where to start in pronouncing krumkake, trust me when I tell you there’s nothing quite like jamming the crispy-edged, lacy-textured Norwegian wafer cookie into your mouth.
Here’s your chance to find them baked from scratch. Tacoma’s Embla Lodge #2 will have its annual Nordic Festival featuring Norwegian baked goods, plated meals and a la carte items. The Norwegian-themed festival will be Saturday in Edgewood.
Also coming up are two more odes to Norwegian cuisine and culture: the annual lutefisk dinner at Tacoma’s Norden Lodge and a Norwegian cooking class at Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Cultural Center. Read on for details.
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This annual bake sale and celebration of Norwegian culture is hosted by Embla Lodge #2, a chapter of the Daughters of Norway.
Where: Edgemont Junior High, 2300 110th Ave. E., Edgewood
Contact: 253-891-7147 or bit.ly/1uXg07i
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Admission: $2, with free parking. Children younger than 12 get in free.
Cookies and pastries: Anise lingon, bruna bread, butter spritz, fattigman, ginger snaps, ginger spritz, kokostoppars, krumkake, rosettes, sandbakkelse and shortbreads.
Dining: A plated meal with meatballs, potatoes, lingonberry sauce, red cabbage and a roll. Also available will be Scandinavian crepes with berry preserves, yellow pea soup and fresh-grilled lefse (potato flatbread).
Norwegian items for sale: Sweaters, calendars, hand-made jewelry, baking implements and decorative paintings called rosemaling.
Entertainment: Norwegian folk dancing, choral singers, and accordion players.
Every October, Norden Lodge 2, the Tacoma outpost of the Sons of Norway organization, hosts its lutefisk appreciation dinner. And, yes, people really do pay to eat lutefisk.
Lutefisk is one of those things you never forget, even if all that’s passed your lips is the tiniest of nibbles. Dried cod is reconstituted, then served slathered in butter or a white sauce. It has a distinctive taste, let’s just agree on that.
Where: Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19
Dining: Dinner is all-you-can-eat lutefisk or meatballs with lefse and side dishes.
Admission: $20 adults; $10 for children 7-12; and free for those 6 and younger
NORWEGIAN COOKING CLASSES
This has to be the least expensive of any fee-based cooking class in the region. Learn to cook Norwegian specialties for only $5 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Cultural Center. Teaching the October classes will be instructors from the Daughters of Norway.
Where: SCC at PLU, University Center, Room 100, Tacoma
When: 10 a.m. Oct. 15 and 25
Admission: $5, which includes eating the dishes assembled
Contact: 253-535-7349 or plu.edu/scancenter
Dishes: Dishes are subject to change at each session, but expect items such as lefse, marinated edam cheese, and rice porridge.