It's Lutefisk time in the city. First Poulsbo Lutefisk dinner of the season is October 18th, 2008

Buy Lutefisk here!The first Lutefisk feed of the season is at the First Lutheran Church (on 4th Ave. two streets up from the store) on October 18th.

This is the 96th Annual dinner. Poulsbo celebrates it's 100th Anniversary as a city this year. We have a long history of eating lutefisk as the the town was settled by Norwegain Fishermen.

Photographer: Lauritzen & Westh

What will be served?

Lutefisk, made from true cod and processed in the conventional Norwegian manner, and served with melted butter or cream sauce.
Norwegian meatballs and gravy; Potatoes and Lefse.
Special Lutefisk Dinner Salad and Fresh sliced tomatoes.
Sherbet with Norwegian cookies.
Coffee, tea and/or milk.
The dinner is Served Family Style – All you can eat. Beverage and desert included.

The Second Poulsbo Lutefisk Dinner is at the Sons of Norway Lodge on November 15th, 2008 with basically the same menu. A good time is had by all at both dinners which are attended by hundreds of lutefisk loving locals.

A delicacy in 1555 Lutefisk was first mentioned in the Norwegian literature of Olaus Magnus in 1555. He describes how lutefisk was prepared and eaten: The stockfish must lie in strong lye for two days and two nights, it is then rinsed in fresh water for 24 hours before it is cooked and eaten. It is served with salted butter and is highly rated, even among kings!
Immigration to the USA Lutefisk is eaten throughout Norway, both in the country and in the towns and cities. Lutefisk is also eaten in Sweden and in parts of Finland, but not in Denmark – although a good explanation for this has yet to be given. In the last 160 years it has also been eaten in the USA, owing to Norwegian immigrants bringing the tradition of eating Lutefisk to America in the 19th century. However, it appears that the main reason for why the tradition has been kept alive by the descendants of Scandinavians in the USA is that eating lutefisk has been a strong symbol of Nordic identity for several generations. It is still the case today perhaps more than ever.


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