Malung Scandinavian Fest


September 9, 2023

Nordic Roots food, entertainment, arts, trades and crafts will be back at Malung Community Center on September 22 – 23. This year marks the 3rd annual Scandinavian Fest; the communities’ event to raise funds for the operation and maintenance of the facilities and grounds at Malung.

Carla Lindemoen, director for the all-volunteer event, said that this year’s Scandinavian Fest is expected to surpass previous years. “We have outstanding food options, merchandise selections and entertainment scheduled. Children activities and programs will be held both days.”

Joining the entertainment lineup for the first time are Solveig (Tweet) Zempel and Torild (Tweet) Homstad, Roseau natives who taught Norwegian language and literature at St. Olaf. “We plan to tell lots of good stories about some of the early Scandinavian immigrants including our Rolvaag grandparents and how settlers got to the Roseau area,” Solveig said.

Ross Sutter, well-known for stories, music and dance from his Scandinavian heritage, and fellow entertainer, Art Bjorngjeld, will amuse and delight all ages with lively tunes and tales. Sutter has performed all over the U.S. and in Europe and appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion."

Food and treats will be plentiful. “During the two-day event, the Scandi Kitchen will be busy preparing and serving Scandinavian potato dumpling and meatball suppers. Breakfast of “all you can eat” pancakes with all the trimmings at $7 will be served both days. The suppers remain priced at $15.” said Sharon Lund.

Lots of new vendors and past favorites are returning. The Fest will feature local area vendors who have one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery, jewelry, handiwork, leather, fabric arts and other Nordic style first-rate wares.

Scandinavian baked good and other treats will be available to purchase. Lefse will be made fresh at the Fest and ready for take home from the Scandi Market.

“Our event is about continuing to build community and pausing to pay tribute to our multiple Nordic heritages,” said Mike Hetteen. “My favorite part of the Scandinavian Fest is meeting new people and visiting with neighbors and friends,” reflects Don Miller.


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