LondonSwedes Crayfish Festival

  • Smith's Bar & Grill

Description

  • Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying and Festival
  • Tickets from £15.00 - £35.00
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  • Sat, 14th Sep 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

LondonSwedes is back for the eight-year in a row hosting the biggest traditional Swedish "Kräftskiva" (crayfish party) in London!

 

During 6 weeks every year, Swedes celebrate the crayfish season by eating loads of crayfish, drinking schnapps and singing songs! It's a bit like an extension of our Midsummer celebrations, minus the Maypole!

 

(14th of September 2019,  London)

 

Swedish community and events company LondonSwedes will be hosting their annual Crayfish Festival at Smith's Bar and Grill in Paddington, West London. Smith's Bar & Grill is a British & modern European inspired eatery in the heart of Paddington. The spacious, daylight-filled venue with a gorgeous year-round terrace overlooks the beautiful Grand Union Canal.

 

The History

Due to cold and long winters, Swedes harvests could be limited to short periods and so the importance of seasonal products in Swedish cuisine has been highlighted and celebrated in our traditions long before it was fashionable. In 1907, strict limitations were placed on when crayfish could be harvested, normally for a month starting from the first Wednesday in August, known as ‘Kräftpremiären’ – the crayfish premier. The event itself is called Kräftskiva. 

 

The Tradition

The general set up for Crayfish parties are big tables outside, decorated with paper lanterns and candles, were the guests wears essential accessories such as traditional paper hats and bibs. Big plates of dill-scented boiled crayfish are laid out, accompanied by crisp bread, butter and a selection of sides and cheese. Drinking songs or ‘snapsvisor’, are sung during the course of the meal which is, of course, finished off with spiced and herb flavoured snaps!

 

The Crayfish Party

The event kicks off with everyone receiving a kit with the essentials for a Crayfish party: The hat, bibs, and songbooks. Face painters will put some sparkle on the guests and raffle tickets will be able to buy throughout the event. 

 

Food is served an hour into the event and everyone will be treated to a starter consisting of a traditional Swedish plate: meatballs, mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam from FELIX. As a main, a delicious tasty buffet of crayfish will be served. Several kinds of herring from Swedish brand ABBA along sides such as creamy potato salad, Västerbotten cheese, shrimp salad, beetroot salad and different kinds of bread will be served. 

 

To start of the tradition of singing Snaps-songs, everyone will be given a snaps-shot sponsored by our partners HAYPP and a hostess will lead the singing. The singing continues into the night with the "HAYPP table" initiating the songs during the evening! At the end of the event, a massive raffle draw will take place leaving several guests with exciting prizes! Prizes include a trip to Sweden for 4 people, watches from Daniel Wellington, hampers full of Swedish delights and vouchers worth over £1500


Drinks will be available to buy in the Swedish inspired bar during the event. Many fun surprises are on the schedule for the day!

 



With outside and inside space, we are safe no matter what the weather God's will predict.

Boozy Crayfish Lunch  (kids welcome!)
1pm - 5pm

Crayfish Feast (SOLD OUT!)
7 pm - late...



MENU 

Starter

Swedish Shrimp salad on toast "Toast Skagen"

Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Lingonberries, Brown Sauce

Snaps shot and songs


Main

THE Crayfish Buffet 

Three types of herring from ABBA (not the band!)

Boiled new potatoes 

Green Salad

Swedish Crispbread from Leksand

Baguette (gluten-free available upon request)

Västerbotten Cheese

Beetroot Salad 


Dessert

Swedish Kladdkaka (muddy chocolate cake)



Vegetarian/vegan options are available on request. Any allergies?  Events@londonsvenskar.com. 


Get all the products from the event at ScandiKitchen 






Offers

Promotions

Tickets/Times

Ticket Event time Cost
LUNCH TICKETS

Standard ticket includes a three course meal with *unlimited Crayfish, traditional Swedish food and of course a SNAPS. Get sparkled up by our make up girls, play some games, buy some raffle tickets and enjoy maybe the last weekend of the summer with fellow Swedes and friends. Veg. options available. Email Events@londonsvenskar.com

13:00 - 17:00 £28.00
LUNCH KIDS TICKET

KIDS TICKET 3 - 15 years of age. 0-3 free of charge (let us know if you need a kids chair, limited!) Events@londonsvenskar.com

13:00 - 17:00 £15.00
DINNER EARLY BIRDS

Standard ticket includes a three course meal with *unlimited Crayfish, traditional Swedish food and of course a SNAPS. Get sparkled up by our make up girls, play some games, buy some raffle tickets and enjoy maybe the last weekend of the summer with fellow Swedes and friends. Veg. options available. Email Events@londonsvenskar.com

19:00 - 00:00 £28.00
DINNER ORIGINAL

Standard ticket includes a three course meal with *unlimited Crayfish, traditional Swedish food and of course a SNAPS. Get sparkled up by our make up girls, play some games, buy some raffle tickets and enjoy maybe the last weekend of the summer with fellow Swedes and friends. Veg. options available. Email Events@londonsvenskar.com

19:00 - 00:00 £35.00

Location

Address

Smith's Bar & Grill, Sheldon Square, London W2 6EY, London, W2 6EY

Nearest Station

Paddington (Tube)


Getting there

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T&C s

1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight (WFL Media Ltd) and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
3. Please check your tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
5. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
6. Every effort to admit latecomers will be made at a suitable break in the event, but admission cannot always be guaranteed.
7. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
9. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be
refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
10. The venue may operate a No Smoking Policy.
11. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.

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