One of the best-loved events at each Hyllningsfest is the Swedish Smörgåsbord. The reason is simple – the food. Savor the Smörgåsbord, a Scandinavian feast. Admittance to the Smörgåsbord is by ticket only, which to the chagrin of many, are sold out within a couple of months from the time they go on sale. Tickets will be available through the link on this website.

Most of the food is prepared from recipes handed down from the early Swedish settlers of the Smoky Valley area. Some of the food is purchased from vendors of Swedish imports while other food is prepared and donated by people of the community. Various organizations in the community will volunteer to furnish the special Swedish foods that cannot be purchased through outside vendors. The focus of the committee responsible for planning, preparing, and serving this event is to offer an authentic Swedish Smörgåsbord that closely resembles those of yesteryear.

To give some idea of the quantities of food required, the following are some examples: 6,500 meatballs, 325 pounds of potato sausage, 60 dozen deviled eggs, 3,000 cookies of various kinds, 60 pounds of pickled herring, 70 loaves of Swedish rye bread, 45 tea rings, 200 pounds of ostkaka, 30 large smoked salmon, and 30 pounds of coffee. The list could go on, but suffice it to say large quantities of the more than 35 items on the menu are required.

To prepare and serve this Smörgåsbord, approximately 125 people are involved. These are all volunteers who work in the kitchen either cooking the food or assembling the beautiful presentation for the serving table or waiting on the tables in the beautifully decorated dining area. All except the kitchen personnel are attired in Swedish costumes, which adds to the festive beauty of the occasion. For a touch of Swedish delight, the Smörgåsbord is a memorable dining experience.

The Smörgåsbord will be on Friday, October 13th, with settings at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and Saturday, October 14th with settings at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There are only 200 tickets sold for each setting, so hurry and order yours today.

What to expect:

The Smörgåsbord will be held at the J.O. Sundstrom building at the center of downtown Lindsborg. This provides guests with convenient access both to the Smörgåsbord and other downtown events. Upon arriving for your designated seating time, you’ll be handed a ticket to designate your group for entry. Entry into the dining area is staggered to ensure a smooth process for all our guests. We are excited to move this event to this beautiful downtown location and share the joy of Swedish cuisine with you.

Main Entree & Sides: Swedish Meatballs, Potato Sausage, Parsley Potatoes, Brown Beans, Creamed Peas

Salads: Coleslaw, Cucumbers and Onions, Potato Salad, Cottage Cheese

Other Side Dishes: Deviled Eggs, Tuna Fish Molds, Smoked Salmon, Meat and Cheese Trays, Beets, Pickles, Olives, Swedish Rye Bread, Hardtack, Strawberry Jelly

Desserts: Spritz cookies, Ginger snaps, Swedish tea rings, Ostkaka with lingonberries, Swedish mints

Drinks: King Oscar coffee, Tea, and water