Lefse is more

July 30, 2013

Festival celebrates Scandinavian cultures

Craft booths featuring colorful Scandinavian clothing and artwork dotted Issaquah’s Veterans’ Memorial Field July 26 as a live accordion played classic Danish, Norwegian and Swedish folksongs.

The occasion was the first-ever Lefse Fest, offering a generous dose of Nordic traditions including a maypole dance, arts and crafts and food specialties. The centerpiece was lefse, a much beloved delicacy.

By Hailey Way Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the Lefse Festival July 27.

By Hailey Way
Leiann Ronnestad (front left), other attendees and the Risadala children’s dance group hold hands in a circle and move around the maypole at Veterans’ Memorial Field during the Lefse Festival July 27.

Lefse is a flatbread — rather like a soft tortilla — that originated in Norway and is usually made of some combination of flour, cream and potatoes.

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