16 August 2005

Scandinavian Festival: Fried Dough Medley


funnelcake
Originally uploaded by deepfry.
what better way to follow an evening of jello, chicken can-can (made with four kinds of creamed soup!) and processed meats than to head to Junction City, Oregon's very own Scandinavian Festival? This is no doubt the event of the year in this town of 5200 people.

after a disappointing morning in which all of our festival buddies bailed, we rallied and got ourselves the 30 miles to Junction City (and we were the ones to host the party the night before--all anyone else had to do was show up!). it's a teeny tiny town and was completely overrun by men in lederhosen and women in bright blue and red jumpers. it couldn't have been pleasant what with the temperature reaching 100 degrees.

at any rate, we spent the afternoon visting food booths, eating fried food: funnel cake, aebleskiver (little balls of dough), deep fried veggies, a "krab kaka." finally, to temper the rumblings of deep fried batter in our stomachs, we shared a pink lemonade sno-cone. and you know you're in trouble when you turn to a bright pink sugary sno-cone for something a bit more mild.

i'm glad we made it to the festival. it was pretty awesome. and scandinavian culture is oh-so similar to dutch culture, which warmed the little dutch girl's cockles. we got a picture of her in front of the windmill and we watched the almost-like-dutch-dancing swedish dancers. it was a very wholesome occasion.

4 Comments:

Anonymous ExtraMSG said...

That used to be a favorite of mine: going to the Scandanavian Festival and buying one of those toy wood boats powered by rubber bands, getting some fried foods and maybe some raspberry lemonade, etc.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Deepfry said...

yeah, we'll definitely go again! i was pretty impressed. it all seemed very very small town oregon -- a cute little festival with a kind of personal touch. and still awesome food!

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eliz, this is right up your alley...

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-chef16.html

6:02 AM  
Blogger Mona said...

I love fried dough! But I've never had it from a Scandinavian festival! The best I get is at the street fair on 6th in NYC.

2:46 PM  

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