Welcome to the 25th annual ScanFest in NJ

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Vasa Park at Budd Lake, NJ, rustic with its majestic trees and rolling hills, is home to the 25th annual ScanFest festival, the largest Scandinavian celebration in the northeast.

The event, that will take place on Sunday Sept. 6 this year, draws thousands of visitors, who come to enjoy a smörgåsbord of fun and a long list of entertainers. Watch demonstrators making lace, weave or even wooden toys – or browse the many Scandinavian arts and crafts venues.

From its very beginning, the ‘Scanfest’ has centered on the cultures of six countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, encouraging native dress among visitors (wearers admitted free) and authentic programs.

Enjoy watching traditional dancers, listen to Scandinavian songs and soloists, and the music of accordions and bands. With more than 40 different vendors, you’ll have every opportunity to inspect and buy such items as hand-knit sweaters, rosemaling items, jewelry, carved wood pieces, so many unusual craft!

Sample ethnic (and American) foods. Lines will as usual form early in front of the Swedish pancake and lingonberrry booth. Sample Norwegian ice cream cones, pea soup, blueberry soup, Swedish meat balls, fried potato flowers plus scads of pastries and beads… It would seem where the food is, this is where the true Scandinavian heart rest.

For more info, see ScanFest.org

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