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Annual Scandinavian Fest: April 19 & 20 '08

Just spotted in Westways magazine:

Annual Scandinavian Festival, April 19 - 20, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, (805)241-0391; callutheran.edu

It's been many years since I've been, but they had great food, and lots of imported items from Scandinavia in a lovely open-air setting. The year we went, the Norwegian Elkhound Association also had booth with their gorgeous dogs on display.

Maybe WildSwede can give us some input on what are the best booths to partake from???

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  1. Thanks for posting, Joani. I was going to do it myself, but have not taken the time to do so! Every year the beautiful Norwegian Elkhounds are there - they are lovely dogs!
    I always have some lefse (never ordered the whole combo plate for myself (swedish meatballs, potatoes, lefse, etc.), but I am sure it is good) and some aebleskiver. I almost always get the "Viking Dog" or whatever they call the grilled sausage with bell peppers and onions, and then once it all falls apart on me, I wonder "why the hell did I order this AGAIN??!!", but, alas, I get it every year (except for the year when they were stupid and decided not to have the festival) and it is very good. The Swedish pancakes are also very good. They also have Krunkake and Lefse-making demonstrations. I always try to go on the day when the Swedish Folkdancers are
    performing as I danced with the Vasa Jr. Folkdancers for many, many years in my
    youth and love that I actually remember the dances!! Brings back great memories!!
    There are many activities for the kiddies - each country has a different craft for them to do. I have attached the link. Sometimes they have a coupon which saves you $1 on admission, but I have not seen it yet. If I find it, I will post it. Please stop by! This is a great festival with all kinds of things for sale and for you to EAT and see and learn!

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    1. re: WildSwede

      Man, I am so there.

      Whatis distinctive about Swedish pancakes?

      1. re: broncosaurus

        They are like crepes (thin) and you usually find them with sylt (jam) inside and rolled up or folded into a triangle (with maybe some powdered sugar spriknled on top).

        1. re: broncosaurus

          And it's fun to watch a real Swede make them! We had a Swedish houseguest about ten years ago and watching him skillfully flip over those thin pancakes (really just like delicate crepes) with two dinner knives was something! He also taught us to use a "kitchen brush" in the sink to scrape dirty dishes while rinsing before they go into the dishwasher or into soapy water. Much better than getting all that gunk on a sponge or dishrag.

        2. re: WildSwede

          WHOOO!!!! I was thinking about visiting family in Burbank in April, this really sets what weekend I go!*LOL* My goodness, Thousand Oaks, hmmm? That 805 area code worries me. (getting alot of miles on the car, driving to and from Vegas/LA at least every other month)

          Besides the delish sounding food, do they have lots of imported items for sale? Boy, a Norwegian wool sweater is a dream of mine (yet, I live in a hot desert! Silly me!)

          Abelskiver, HO!!!! I really, really want to go to this!

          1. re: Honeychan

            Hi Honey! They do sell a lot of items and would not be surprised if they have the wool sweaters (I am about 80% sure they have them). And a lot of other items for sale.
            From Burbank, I would take the 5N to the 118W to Olsen Road offramp (after the 118 turns into the 23 in Moorpark) and turn right. You go a couple of miles and you can't miss it - you will see all the flags to your left once you get to the bottom of the hill.

        3. with a name like carlson i got to go

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          1. re: JimmyC

            Most definitely! If anyone wants to meet there, my email address is eklundlatyahoodotcom. I am not sure which day I am going yet as I need to take a look at the performance schedules first.

            1. re: WildSwede

              Hi: I danced with the Swedish Folk Dance Club and have many fond memories of Vasa Park (my family helped build it) as well as the Cal Luthern Festival...Vasa Park has 3 festivals each year. The first one is Children's Day, usually at the end of April. The second is Midsommer, usually the weekend closest to June 21 and the third is the Marknad (Marketplace) in September (where hand made crafts and Swedish imports can be had) Although fun and cultural, none of these really have the authentic Swedish food experience...boy do I miss Gustaf Anders!

          2. Just a reminder - the Festival is this weekend. Unfortunately, I will be moving, so I will be unable to attend. Damn! Have a great time - should be wonderful weather!

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            1. re: WildSwede

              Thanks for the reminder! I completely forgot. Now I can get my Aebleskiver fix and I don't have to drive all the way to Solvang.

                1. re: WildSwede

                  We've never been to this event but looking forward to having some lefse & pastries ...if any hounds are there on Saturday and see a couple both wearing green Puma running shoes, it's probably us...come over and say hello !

            2. hmm do they usually have scandinavian crawfish tails at this event?

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              1. re: rameniac

                Seems like it would be out of season for that - isn't that usually in August? (At least it is in Sweden, pretty sure about that). We did get some frozen at Ikea once but . . .well, yuck. Not like the fresh ones in Sweden. But perhaps they bring them fresh in from elsewhere now.

                1. re: Joani Macaroni

                  hah i really love the ones from ikea. never been to sweden though i'm sure it's better over there; the stockdude did say they usually have them around the end of summer... but i've got a jones now!

              2. Everyone going, plase have a wonderful time, take lots of pictures and EAT EVERYTHING you see! I really wish I could have planned my LA trip around this, but real life's gotten in the way. I want to try so many things, like lefse, rommegrot..I could seriously give you a list of about 20 things that are Scandinavian that I want to try.

                Get a Dala horse, a viking helmet, and drink some aquavit! Skol!!!

                  1. very roughly what are the hours? i looked at the web site but could not find times...

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                    1. re: dzyalo

                      Wow, not easy to find the info, but opened at 10:30 today. Here is the site


                        1. re: gado_gado

                          Went yesterday...EXCELLENT fresh lefse (try it with sugar, really brings out the sweetness of the potatoes), Swedish pancakes, Arne's aebleskiver, krumkake (food demo). Good grilled sausages (like bratwurst. served w/regular ol' yellow mustard tho), red cabbage. No limpa, danishes, or aquavit :-( Overall, great time and a lot larger than I imagined. I'll put pics up later.

                          1. re: gado_gado

                            I know, i'm the same way! I'm dying to hear how it was, and even more eager to see pictures! I'm so bummed out I coulden't make it..Living vicariously thru the rest of you who went, here...^_^

                            1. re: Honeychan

                              Here ya go...enjoy! Forgot to mention before, no crawfish spotted for rameniac.


                              1. re: petradish

                                Thank you -so very much- for posting this photo album! Your a good food photographer, I was drooling looking at Arne's aebleskiver and pancakes, and the mixed plate full of goodies like the Swedish meatballs. Nice, nice work! Thanks for thinking of us, who coulden't make it. ^_^

                                Adorable Norwegian Elkhound, too.

                                1. re: petradish

                                  Thank you Petradish for posting - mor mor's pancakes were beautiful! For all you Chowhounds - mor mor is Swedish for Mother's mother (maternal grandmother), mor far is Mother's father, far mor is Father's mother, and naturally far far is Father's father. Cool how the Swedes have a specific name for each grandparent. AND THE ELKHOUND IS GORGEOUS! Sigh! How we miss ours! Wonderful dogs, but oh that fur! When they shed it's like a Scandinavian snowstorm has hit! Must get to the Fest next year!

                                  1. re: petradish

                                    So, petradish, and anyone else who went to the LA Scandinavian Festival....How was it? Pictures aside, i've got to admit i'm dying for more details. How did the food taste? (did it taste as good as the pictures look?) How was the turn-out, too? Lots of people?

                                    Yes, i'm really wanting details..*LOL*

                                    1. re: petradish

                                      thanks petra! guess i'll have to wait for that late summer shipment to IKEA ;)