IKEA Orlando's annual crayfish bash is Friday, Sept. 18

click to enlarge IKEA Orlando's annual crayfish bash is Friday, Sept. 18
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Think NOLA is the only spot for big end-of-summer crawfish boils? Nope. The Swedes are in on the action too, since the 1800s when the little mudbugs got so popular that the government placed restrictions on harvesting them (making August the official beginning of the harvest) and designated the "kräftskiva" — a crayfish-eating party marked by funny paper hats and big bibs (shown, right) — a national pastime.

In its international effort to bring Swedish culture to the forefront, IKEA is bringing the kräftskiva stateside. On Sept. 18, IKEA Orlando hosts its annual crayfish party for just $19 for adults and $5 for kids (additional discounts for IKEA FAMILY members, too). 

Here's the menu:

Tossed green salad
Cucumber salad
Hard-boiled eggs with mayo and shrimp
Rhode Island salad with crayfish
Najad Salmon with Horseradish or gravad lax with mustard sauce
Soft bread
Thin bread
Assorted Swedish cheeses
Meatballs with lingonberries
Mashed potatoes
Boiled dill new potatoes

Since seating is limited, you're encouraged to purchase tickets early — so next time you head to Millenia to replenish your SINNLIG scented candle supply (it's hurricane season, people), make your reservation.

Can't make it? IKEA has a hack for how to host your own crayfish party at home. Here's what you'll need, all of which you can pick up at IKEA Orlando:

KRÄFTOR Frozen crayfish in brine ($18.99)
KRÄFTSKIVA FESTPAKET Crayfish party pack — includes a sheet of drinking songs! ($6.49)
KRÄFTSKIVA LYKTA Lantern for crayfish party ($2.99)

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