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 or by contacting the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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 which closely resembles those of yesteryear.
To give some idea of the quantities of food required, the following are some examples: 6,500 meat balls, 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 13, 2017, with settings at 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm. There are only 225 tickets sold for each setting, so hurry and order yours today.
What to expect: Parking for the Smörgåsbord will be at the TACOL thrift store located at 509 E. Swensson just a couple blocks east of Bethany College. There will be a shuttle available for those who need it. When you arrive you are invited to the basement of Pihlblad Memorial Union on Bethany College’s campus. There you will be treated to a reception and entertainment while you wait for your ticket number to be called. From there you will enter the Union’s dining hall and proceed through the Smörgåsbord line. Costumed staff will be there to guide you to a table and keep your water and coffee filled.
We are excited to see you at the 2017 Smörgåsbord!