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Glad Midsommar! A Look at the Foods of Midsummer

By Sanaz Lemoine | June 22, 2012

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Smorgastorta, traditional Swedish sandwich cake

This weekend is the celebration of Midsummer in Sweden, but Swedes from all over the world participate in the festivities. A tribute to the longest day of the year, the day is filled with good food, music, dancing around the maypole and other activities. Midsummer is an occasion of great gatherings–and a good start of the summer holidays. For the Swedes, it meets our social commitments so that we can enjoy our vacation in peace.

Celebrating with others goes hand in hand with good food. Traditional Midsummer food is potatoes with herring or smoked fish, ham, meatballs, strawberries served with ice cream and schnapps and beer for the adults. However, new food trends such as pesto pickled herring, cheese pies, salmon sushi and coconut cake with strawberries are lovely additions to the classic meal. Each time the glasses are replenished at the dinner table, we break out into song and sing our schnapps songs. The more vibrant the song, the more joyful the atmosphere. Read More

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Spend Swedish Midsummer with the Rooster Crew

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 21, 2012

Swedish Midsummer celebration flags in Battery Park City.

Swedish Midsummer celebration flags in Battery Park City.

Every kid in Sweden, every adult, everybody has a story from Midsummer. When you’re a kid you dance with your parents around the tree, when you’re a teenager that’s when you met all the girls, and as an adult that’s when you go to all the parties. Every summer, droves of Gothenburg residents would head to Smogen, where I spent my summers, to celebrate Midsummer. It’s awesome to see the crowds go from 5,000 people to 100,000 people over a weekend and it gets crazy. As a teenager we loved it because since we spent every Midsummer in Smogen, you knew all the in’s and out’s of the area. We knew how to find the best parties and how to sell shrimp for more than it costs–the hustle was there. It was twice a summer in Sweden we took tables out and just had a huge block party and Midsummer was one of them. We’d always have tons of gravlax, herring and meatballs and we continue this tradition at Red Rooster and at the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City.

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