Borgund Lodge typically hosts a Lille Norge Fest in November each year. The Norwegian festival offers unique treats, food, and entertainment that brings smiles to the faces of those who attend this annual celebration of Scandinavian heritage.
The annual Lille Norge Fest, or "Little Norwegian Festival," is held in the appropriately-named "Viking Hall" at the Canyon Lake Activity Center to celebrate and promote Scandinavian culture. The celebration of Scandinavian heritage marks the beginning of the holiday season for those that attend. The event, which typically is held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, highlights an array of food and treats that are unique to Scandinavian culture. It is a homecoming for people with Scandinavian background to come enjoy krumkake, rosettes, lefse, and other cultural treats.
Volunteers spend days preparing the thousands of various treats to sell to the people at the festival. Some of the most popular treats are krumkaka and rosettes. Krumkaka is a sweet and light pastry that is like a cross between an ice cream cone and a sugar cookie. A rosette is a deep-fried batter made with a handheld iron and dusted lightly with sugar. In addition, lefse is also very popular. It is a potato-based bread that bears resemblance to a pita and is sprinkles with butter and sugar (white or brown).
In addition to the treats, there are various vendors selling cultural-related items so that attendees can take home and experience the Scandinavian culture. All are welcome to attend this cultural festival.
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