International Flavor

By Staff Reports

Love the lutefisk and other flavors of the north? Well, you’re in luck – the annual Nordic Music Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Lion’s Park in Victoria.

Scandia Lodge, the Sons of Norway lodge in Waconia, and the Nordic Heritage Club of Carver County have teamed up to plan and organize the 2015 event.

The Nordic Music Festival will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m., with two stages of continuous Nordic entertainment. This year’s festival will include performances by the American Swedish Institute’s Male Choral Ensemble, the American Swedish Institute’s Cloudberries (women’s choir), Ballade (Danish folk ensemble), Jenta O’ Ja (Nordic fiddler, accordionist), Kip Peltoniemi (Finnish musician, storyteller), Gangspil (Danish fiddler, accordionist), Vidar Skrede (Norwegian fiddler, guitarist), Finn-Hall (Finnish folk band), Kisarit (Finnish-American dance troupe), Polksa Chicks (Nordic fiddlers, Nyckelharpist), North Star Dancer (Nordic folk dance troupe), and VASA Junior Folk Dancers (Swedish dance troupe).

Vendors of Nordic arts and crafts will also be displaying their creations and offering them for sale. Scandinavian pastries and American foods will also be available for purchase.

A silent auction will be held which provides funds to offset the cost of putting on this event.

The festival ends with the annual lutefisk toss competition. A team of Norwegian lutefisk tossers battles a team of Swedish fish flippers to see which team is able to throw the most pieces of raw lutefisk into a bucket some 20 feet away. This event will be have cheerleaders for each team trying to motivate their favorite team on to victory. The winning team gets a trophy and all of the honor and glory that goes along with winning.

Admission and parking for the Nordic Music Festival is free.