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 listed on your ticket. Entry into the dining area is staggered to ensure a smooth process for all our guests. (more information below)
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
Here’s how to pick up your purchased tickets! Stop at the Festival information booth from 9am -5pm located between The J.O. Sundstrom and City Hall on Lincoln Street during the Festival on Oct. 13th and 14th. Tickets will have 2 different times listed.
1) Arrival Time – This is the time you may enter the J.O. Sundstrom Lobby (we do not want 200 guest arriving at 5:00pm, so arrival times will spaced in 10 min intervals) ex. Arrival Time: 5:30
2) Dinner Served – This is the time you will begin though the buffet. ex. Dinner Served: 5:35
These times will be first come first serve as you pick your tickets up at the Information Booth of Svensk Hyllningsfest
It is very important you look at these times and do NOT try to attempt to enter the Smorgasbord outside your posted time on the tickets. Again this will help ensure a smooth flow of 200 people to get through the line and enjoy your experience. Times are based on when you pick up your tickets. Those who pick them up early in the day will have their preferred choice of seating time. This process will be explained again to you when you pick up your ticket at the Hyllningsfest Information Booth during the festival from 9am – 5pm which will be located at our Grand Entrance on the East Side of the Main Stage (between the Sundstrom & City Hall).