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Crayfish Party

Swedish Crayfish Party American Swedish Historical Museum
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Get a taste of Swedish summer at our annual Crayfish Party, where plates will be piled high with crayfish, cooked Swedish-style in salted water with lots of dill. The meal is accompanied by savory cheese pie, meatballs, crisp bread, dill potatoes, salad, aquavit and dessert. Once again, dinner will be served outside under our beautiful lighted and decorated tent, overlooking beautiful FDR Park. So come eat, drink and make merry to mark the close of summer in Swedish style!

The Swedish tradition of feasting on crayfish in the last month of summer dates back about 100 years. At one time the lakes of central Sweden were filled with crayfish, but over-fishing decimated their population. Finally, the government prohibited the catching of crayfish except during a short time in late summer. After going the whole summer without the delicacy, the return of crayfish to the dinner table in August became great cause for celebration. Crayfish parties in Sweden are often held outdoors in the moonlight with big paper lanterns and festive colored lights strung for decoration. Paper napkins, hats, bibs and paper plates all have a crayfish motif, and everyone raises their glass of aquavit to sing traditional Swedish drinking songs.

Admission to the Crayfish Party is $50 for members of the ASHM or SACC-Philadelphia and $60 for non-members. All food and one glass of aquavit included. Cash bar. To reserve your space, please call 215-389-1776 or buy tickets online by August 13, 2018. No refunds after RSVP date.


Crayfish party at the American Swedish Historical Museum