Tags: Europe Sweden Food+Drink When: 2014 August
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If you happen to be in Sweden in the month of August, get making friends asap: this way, you might just get yourself invited to a crayfish party – one of the cultural delights of the country!
It’s not, for World Events’ Diary standards, an event in the usual meaning we endow – there’s not one massive crayfish party for example – but as an example of small time events replicated across the country at the same time it takes some beating.
The lakes and rivers of Sweden are full to the brim of the tasty crustaceans in July and August (although many are now being imported from abroad), and the harvest of them is celebrated in houses up and down the country, from metropolitan Stockholm to the outer lying countryside.
Basically, the idea is for friends and families to get together with large plates of reddened crayfish and eat and drink and be merry.
Usually, there is a good deal of comedy involved too – with stupid hats, bibs and occasionally costumes being worn by participants, who, in time honoured fashion down shots of burning schnapps and sing songs around the table.
To make sure you get the real goodness of the crayfish, the done thing is to suck the juicy goodness from the little blighter before tucking in too.
Hurrah, then, for the Swedish crayfish party!