It’s a crayfish party!

Posted on Aug 14 2013 - 10:40pm by Kris

tableWhen the first hint of autumn arrives, crayfish season begins and lasts until October. Crayfish parties are a great Scandinavian tradition, often held in the darkening evenings of summerhouses amongst candles, colourful lanterns and of course, good drink and good friends. The festivities start with schnapps and a sing song of “schnapps songs” which will end in everyone downing their drinks. (These songs are often odes to Crayfish).  Typical party menus usually consist of a starter soup, the main course being Crayfish of course (most often served on toast with butter and dill with a side salad) and all finished off with cake and coffee. Crayfish parties are a wonderful way to say goodbye to summer and throw one last big party before it’s all work and no play until Christmas brings friends together again. I have fond memories of my childhood crayfish parties and my great-uncle teaching me the art of opening and eating the crayfish. This is still my favourite part of autumn.

detail lantern

Laterns and food

summer evening

light colours

food

 

Image source: Allt on Mat, Skona Hem, Pinterest

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