This past weekend we went to Sweden! In New York! We went to the Scandinavian Festival in Gerry, NY (just outside of Jamestown, NY). It is there every year, but this is the first year that we were able to go. We brought my mom with us too. She has been to it a few times already. We had a wonderful time! It was so nice to be among so much Scandinavian food, decorations, clothing and everything! Both my parents are Swedish and grew up eating Swedish foods in a Swedish/Lutheran community in Jamestown, NY. As my sister and I were growing up we were proud of our Swedish heritage and enjoyed eating Swedish foods and celebrating some fun Swedish traditions, especially during Christmas. Living in the Cleveland area we have access to Italian, Greek, and all kinds of other festivals, but never Swedish or Scandinavian! So it was especially fun to be able to attend this year and celebrate our heritage and pass on some of that to Zachary!
We watched a cool fashion show with wonderful costumes and traditional dress from various Scandinavian countries:
Mike and I went with the buffet. Mike had Korv and Swedish meatballs and I tried stuff I had never had before, except of course rice pudding!
In back from left – rice pudding, Rotmos
In front from left – yellow pea soup, cucumber salad and kaldolmar
I enjoyed it all! The rice pudding was baked which is different than how grandma makes it on the stove. We all agreed that grandma’s is better!!
My mom and I enjoyed looking at all the Swedish decorations and I purchased a Christmas ornament, a t-shirt and a decal for my car. My mom also had fun at the kids crafts tent learning a new craft called card weaving:
The boys loved doing the ax throwing activity! They both hit the target at least twice!
It was a great day and really fun to celebrate and learn more about my Swedish heritage! Hopefully we can go again next year!