Oktoberfest events—with plenty of good polka band music, beer, and sausages—dominate the weekend scene in the Pacific Northwest this month, but there is another ethnic heritage celebration going on that you won’t want to miss. It’s time, once again, for Nordic Fest, presented by the Tacoma-based Embla Lodge No. 2 Daughters of Norway.
|Members of Embla Lodge No. 2 wearing their traditional outfits called "bunads"|
You won’t find any beer or sausages at Nordic Fest, but rather stacks of boxed homemade butter cookies for sale at a ridiculously low price, a menu featuring savory meatballs bathed with gravy and served with potatoes, entertainment in the form of traditional music and dancing, a chance to see Viking artifacts, colorful costumes, arts and crafts, and more.
|Normanna Male Chorus from Sons of Norway|
Nordic Fest takes place on Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edgemont Jr. High School — 2300 110th Ave. E., Edgewood, WA. 98372. Edgewood is located between I-5 and Hwy. 167, just north of the city of Puyallup. You can find a map here.
You can still go to an Oktoberfest event on Sunday if you want, since Nordic Fest is Saturday only. One other thing to consider is that without all that Oktoberfest beer, you won’t spend hours of your weekend waiting with a bunch of other fidgety people in front of a line of portable outhouses. Butter is better. (In case you’re a cardiologist, I’m only kidding!)
All photos provided by Embla Lodge
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