August in Minnesota is time to eat crayfish

Kraftsvika on August 15: Tradition you never even knew you had

Kraftsvika on August 15: Tradition you never even knew you had

Surely, we needn't remind you of the death grip Minnesotans have on our Nordic roots, and while most of us probably did not grow up in a household that honored kräftskiva, the Swedish tradition of celebrating crayfish season, that don't mean you can't do it now. 

Each August, the most Swedish (or Swedish at heart) among us dump crayfish all over the place, and go, well, cray over the idea that our countrymen were only legally able to eat mudbugs in early summer, but now, we can do whatever we want! So August it is, and on Saturday, August 15, the American Swedish Institute invites you and your buddies to dinner, drinks, and singing. Yes, singing! 

They'll toss a bunch of lanterns and lights into the trees to make it extra twinkly and festive, and your $65 bucks ($55 for members) will get you good breads, strong chesses, salads, Swedish paj (similar to quiche), and, of course, a shot of aquavit and unlimited crayfish. Live music, too. 

The Bachelor Farmer holds a similar festival annually, and theirs is being held this year on August , so hey — you can go to both of them and get your fill of crayfish for the whole year.

Act fast though — you gotta get tickets by August 6. 

2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Doors 6:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m.