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Nov 15, 2007 10:21 AM

Scandinavian Church Fairs

The Danish Seamans Church and (in Manhattan) the Norwegian Seaman's Church and the Church of Sweden each will hold its annual pre-Christmas fair this weekend. I've never been to any of them, but all promise food. See for addresses, hours, and links to the individual church websites.

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  1. I've been to the Swedish one. Nothing particularly memorable except for the glogg (I was a glogg virgin at the time). There's a Swedish restaurant next door, but the event wasn't catered. Food was prepared in the small kitchen in the basement part of the facility.

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    1. re: Silverjay

      Bummer. So you'd say not worth attending?

    2. Finnish Christmas Party- Traditional Finnish Christmas Buffet and Caroling

      Friday December 7th, 2007, 7:00 PM

      Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street, New York City

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      1. re: FoodWine

        According to the organizer, "the Christmas Party is open for everyone. We have the main meat as roast pork, all casseroles (salmon, liver, turnip, potato) rosoli (carrot & beat salad) and of coarse coffee and pasteries. We also have traditional Christmas singing by all both in Finnish and English. The cost is $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door. Children under 14 are half price."

        1. re: FoodWine

          The Finnish Lutheran Church is having its Christmas fair on November 24 from noon to 6 pm. They're at 81 Christopher St. between Bleeker and 7th Ave. Free to attend, but it's not a catered event, though you can buy tasty treats.

        2. I used to go to the Norweigan Seaman's Church fairs somewhere downtown Brooklyn and they were so much fun! Wonderfull food, really great donated "Chinese Auction" items and lots of crazy dancing. As the Norweigan population in NY has declined, I would imagine so has the popularity of their festivals. When I was a kid, 8th Ave in Brooklyn used to be all Norweigan. For a while, there was a Chinese takeout place that retained a Norweigan cook and the menu reflected both cuisines. Very cool. Now I believe the area is entirely Asian. As one culture morphs into another, I guess it's a sign of the changing times

          1. I stopped by all three fairs on Friday for a look-see, before a "fair crawl" with my dining group on Saturday (beginning at the Norwegian Seamen's Church at noon). We may skip the Church of Sweden; other than a $20 plate of food in the "restaurant," they offered only a few, relatively high-priced tidbits in a cafe upstairs. The Norwegian church has good-sized dollar cups of glogg as you walk in, a nice "grocery" (with some packaged baked goods) on the main tag sale/craft sale level, and a bright if simple seating area downstairs with a choice of a half-dozen $5-$7 open-faced sandwiches. They also offered those heart-shaped waffles and some other sweets.

            The Danish Seamens Church had crafts and specialty foods in smaller amounts, and a cramped seating area where you could try turkey meatballs with potato salad, hot dogs topped with fried and fresh onion, dough fritters, and a lesser breed of glogg. On Saturday the Danish church will expand its fair to a second location, at the nearby Zion Lutheran German Church, 125 Henry St. (near Clark St.), with open-faced sandwiches, baked goods, and perhaps a wee bit more room.