Norsk H¿stfest

Norsk H¿stfest

Second week in October
All five Scandinavian countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden—are represented at the annual Scandinavian heritage festival known as Norsk H+stfest that has been held in Minot, North Dakota, since 1978. The festival includes performances by top entertainers, one of whom is selected by the previous year's ticketholders as the "People's Choice" and many of whom are either Scandinavian or Americans of Scandinavian descent. There are also Swedish accordion players, Scandinavian folk dancers, and Lakota flute players, who perform at the H+stfest complex on North Dakota's state fairgrounds in Minot. The complex includes five stages, 40 food booths, and dozens of demonstration areas for craftsmen and artisans—among them the highly skilled rosemalers, or "folk painters." The Viking Age Club sets up an authentic encampment to show how the North Plains Scandinavian settlers lived.
Food is a big part of the five-day festival, which features traditional Scandinavian delicacies. More than 60,000 visitors come to Minot to sample Swedish sweet bread, s+t suppe (fruit soup), potet klub (potato dumpling), Icelandic cake, r+mmergr+t ("red porridge," a rhubarb pudding), Danish kringle (pretzel-shaped cookie), lefse (a thin, potato cake spread with butter and cinnamon and folded over), and lutefisk (cod soaked in lye and then boiled). A similar Scandinavian festival, the Hjemkomst Festival, is held in June in Fargo.
CONTACTS:
Norsk Hostfest Association
P.O. Box 1347
Minot, ND 58702
701-852-2368; fax: 701-838-7873
www.hostfest.com
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