Yes, they will also serve Swedish meatballs.

By Katie Holdefehr
August 21, 2017

Is there anything IKEA can’t do? Not only does the Swedish home store know how to turn a rug into a Game of Thrones-worthy cape and create life-changing kitchen products, but the company also knows how to throw an awesome party. To celebrate the end of summer, IKEA is hosting its annual Swedish Crayfish Party at participating stores on Friday, September 15th. “The Crayfish Party is an anticipated celebration in Sweden marking the end of the summer and the official beginning of crayfish fishing season,” explains Patricia Meumann, IKEA food manager, in the press release for the event. The tradition dates back to the early 1900s, when fishing restrictions banned crayfish fishing until August. When the season opened, families would gather in comical paper hats and colorful crayfish-themed bibs to eat the first catches of the season. “We invite everyone to celebrate this tradition and share a piece of our Swedish heritage over a delicious meal,” Meumann says.

What can you expect at the buffet-style food fest? In addition to lots and lots of crayfish, the menu lists IKEA’s beloved Swedish meatballs (with the obligatory lingonberry jam), deviled eggs, cucumber salad, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and a selection of Swedish cheeses. Tickets for the event cost $19 for adults and just $5 for kids 12 and under, but you’ll have to stop by your local IKEA store to get them. Before you head to the party, learn the proper way to peel a crayfish, following these step-by-step instructions.

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