Inside the Nordic Fest food booths
Food vendors donate back to community
By Roz Weis

The aromas of Nordic Fest foods take over the streets of downtown Decorah during Nordic Fest each year.

“Everyone eats everything,” commented a Fest-goer in 2019, “You throw out the diet for the Fest.”

Since 1967, the Nordic Fest in Decorah has been a tapestry of lively entertainment, traditional crafts, colorful parades, fireworks, and very importantly -delicious foods!

Festivals like Nordic Fest have a great impact on communities, with non-profit organizations reaping the rewards from food sales every year.

Decorah area volunteers turn out by the hundreds each July to serve up the tempting foods at Nordic Fest. Many local non-profit organizations benefit from food sales at the long line of Fest booths found lining the downtown business district each year.

Get in line

Fest-goers will want to get in line early for these Fest foods this year:

• The lefse (traditional Norwegian treat) sale and demonstration booth is operated by community

Top to bottom: Rosettes, lefse, krumkake and other Scandinavianthemed foods are served up each year in the Fest

volunteers and proceeds go to Nordic Fest.

• Kinderhaus in Decorah operates the lingonberry ice cream booth.

• Decorah FFA and Boosters have volunteers staffing the tempting Moo-Mobile with its malts and shakes.

• The volunteers at Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church offer up traditional

Scandinavian rosettes and the popular, creamy hot rommegrot (porridge).

• The busy bratwurst and hot dog stand

proceeds are earmarked for Sunflower Child Development Center. The volunteers serve up bratwurst, kraut, hot

dogs, sweet soup, lemonade, soda and bottled water.

• The Decorah Lions Club benefi ts from the popcorn sales at the Fest each year.

Fest food

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