Sweden’s crayfish parties! Yes, you read that right

Sweden’s crayfish parties! Yes, you read that right

If you have never been familiar with the experience of attending a crayfish party, you still have a chance to attend them in Sweden itself.

Eating Swedish style crayfish caught from the freshwaters of the country is a time for people to enjoy the season in the midst of family, friends and the enchanting surroundings. The crayfish parties, or kräftskiva, start in August and continue for a few months.

What to expect at crayfish parties?

Sweden’s crayfish parties! Yes, you read that right

You can expect to see snapsvisor songs—funny short verses that tell the singer’s likeness for snaps (similar to Scandinavian Aquavit), the alcohol consumed with the crayfish at a typical crayfish party. In addition, the parties are full of funny conical hats, tablecloth, plates and bibs worn by partygoers, all soaked in fanciful colours.
There are also paper lanterns in pretty shades hung around the tables. After digging into the savoury crayfish, the group may also play party games and go for a relaxing swim in the lakes.

How to attend these parties?

Crayfish parties are hosted across Sweden, but the northern regions of Skåne and Småland are the regions where crayfish thrive owing to a number of lakes.

While Sweden’s markets import a lot of crayfish from the USA to compensate for the excess demand in the country, catching your own crayfish and relishing them fresh by hosting a crayfish party can be a different experience altogether.

For those who can’t visit Sweden to attend crayfish parties, there is another option to attend the virtual celebrations hosted by Visit Sweden this year. It would feature videos from events scheduled to be organised at Skåne, Dalarna, Stockholm and other parts of the country on its official Facebook page.

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