I’ll admit it. I’m a festival nut.
I’m a proud American made up of German, Norwegian, Danish, English, Irish and Bohemian parts (or as I like to call myself, a “Euro Mutt”). I also get mistaken for a crapload of other ethnicities as well. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I’m Eastern European, Greek, Israeli, Italian, Hispanic, yadda, yadda, yadda. For some reason random strangers really like to speculate about my ethnicity. I get asked at the grocery store, by people walking by on the street, I even got asked by a lady in the public bathroom at a baseball game once. Which is kind of weird but kind of cool at the same time.
So I can pretty much fit in at any festival there is.
I’ve been known to attend Chinese New Years, Renaissance Faires, Asian Music Festivals, and various Reenactments, but I mostly frequent Oktoberfest (I actually really dig polka dancing. That’s cool…….right?), the Scottish Highland Games (my step-dad is Scottish), and Viking Fest.
Since relocating to San Diego in 2011, this is my 2nd time going to the Vista Viking Festival. I wrote about it last year as well which you can check out HERE.
Here are some pics from Vikingfest 2012:
Me and my Norwegian Mama.
Pretty Vista, CA sky.
Cosplaying at Vikingfest. You’re doing it wrong.
Cosplaying at Vikingfest. You’re doing it right!
Old school silversmithing.
We drank two of these in a row. They were surprisingly potent for such little shots.
But we found a super awesome horned vampire skull mug!
Introducing Brett to the wonder that is lefse.
I can eat lefse all day, every day and be perfectly happy.
No really, I seriously love the stuff.
A festival favorite, this is the 3rd time I’ve seen Highland Way. They’re a lot of fun. Here they are joined by The Lacemakers.
Some SCA combat.
And last but not least….it’s Ghost!
On to the next festival!
Looks like fun! I want akvavit and lefse now, and I don’t even know what either one tastes like.
Do you read The Dresden Files novels? Because there’s a character in those books who believes polka is just about the coolest thing ever; he’d back you up, even if the rest of us are skeptical. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend doing so. Top-flight urban fantasy.
akvavit tastes mostly like the midgards worm took a wee in your drink, and loki decided to cover up his childs misbehaving by disguising the taste of worm wee with alcohol and christmas scents. (the christmas part might be a cultural thing, we danes drink a whole lot of “bitter” and schnaps during december)
Neither can be worse than eggnog (a rum-spiked mixture of milk, sugar, raw eggs, and nutmeg) which is what Americans are supposed to drink during December. Fortunately, among those of us born after 1950, it is acceptable to dispense with the ridiculous milk & egg mixture and just shoot the rum.
Haha, it’s not that bad. Maybe you tried it warm? It’s best served chilled. I’ll take Yukon Jack over it any day but I’ll drink pretty much anything so meh.
Oh, and yes, eggnog is nasty. Barf.
Akvavit tastes kind of like vodka with herbs in it. It’s waaaaaay better cold than room temperature. Lefse tastes sort of like a combination of a tortilla and a crepe but way better. It’s mostly potato. It’s really hard to make so all the women in the family usually get together for 2-3 days and make a crapload of it for the whole family, That’s how my family does it at least. Polka dancing is so much fun! My family hails from the midwest and we polka our little hearts out lol!
My parents are first-generation Americans of Polish descent, so yeah, I’m familiar with polka. I didn’t really take to it though; I’m adopted, so I might just lack the polka gene.
In any case – The Desden Files. Do read. Waldo Butters is your man.
Lefse tastes like a breadish tortilla, if that makes any sense. I don’t care much for it, but my wife and the rest of my family loves it.
Omg I make Lefse every year at Christmas, and I always stop myself from making a double batch because a)its not easy to make and b) I would eat a double batch in the same amount of time I eat a regular batch, and thats just bad.
You make it by yourself?? Wow! You’re amazing!! We get all the women in the family together to make it. The guys go off and make the bratwurst and sauerkraut. Maybe some day I’ll try making it by myself but I’m a terrible cook to begin with so I can’t see that ending well lol
Greetings from Germany. Very interessting how you celebrate the vikings 🙂
We celebrate the Germans too 😉
So much fun! It’s great to go out, have a fun time and support the groups who put so much time and effort into bringing the best of different ethnicities by the way of food, drink, games, art, crafts, trades,sport/competition, genealogy, history, dance and music. Flags from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland were flown at this event celebrating all Vikings. Skål!
Love you’re Mjolnir! 🙂 wish we had a viking fest here.
Norwegian Aquavit is one of the best liquors there is 🙂 Just one more reason to love our neighbours. Skål, from Sweden!
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A wonderful fun article from a Norse girl. No idea if she’s a Heathen like us, but she’s got a lovely Mjolnir. 😉
Love love love Akvavit and Lefse too…but then again I am a quarter Norwegian and the Grandson of a Minnesota Norwegian baker…so it’s genetic…
Akvavit and lefse are easy to love. Some of the other traditional Norwegian foods are not so easy to stomach. For example, I did NOT inherit the lutefisk gene LOL.
As a fellow Viking (and having grown up in Minnesota/North Dakota) – Lutefisk is an acquired taste (and far too easy to make badly)!
If you ever need a lefse fix – I’d recommend Mrs Olson’s Lefse (http://www.mrsolsonslefse.com/ ) – esp. as they deliver/ship.
I am sure you must realize how incredibly sexy you look drinking that akvavit! 🙂