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.