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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Lefse Fest provides a taste of Scandinavia

July 23, 2013

Lefse Fest, named for the Scandinavian flatbread served at the festival, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 on Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Admission to the event is free, along with free parking at Issaquah High School. The event includes a senior shuttle that runs every half-hour throughout the event.

Along with Lefse samples, sales and competitions, the festival will have music, dance performances, craft vendors, cultural demonstrations and other activities. Children can also dress up as Vikings for a costume parade at the 2 p.m. Maypole rising, though swords are not permitted.

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