Swedish festive days for food

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Recipe for swedish semlor

The Swedes are crazy about (sweet) delicacies. So crazy that they have created a festive day for almost all delicacies! Sometimes they invent a certain day for a delicacy, other holidays are inextricably linked to certain dishes. And of course, all those sweets are also part of their daily fika.

1 January – pizza dagen

We start the year with an international theme day. Did you know that on January 1st it is international pizza day? A theme day that the Swedes are happy to participate in. In Sweden they serve a typical colza salad with a dressing as a side dish or on top of the pizza. I myself am absolutely no fan of this side dish but please don’t tell my Swedish friends ?

January 12 – marsipanens dag

Marzipan also got his own day.

Fettisdagen – Semla

semla - semlor

40 days before Easter, the fasting period begins. The days preceding people go all the way with greasy food one last time. In Belgium, for example, we will be eating pancakes on Fat Tuesday. In Sweden they  massively eat semlor on Fettisdagen. Although the fast is followed by fewer and fewer people, the semla remains extremely popular. You can find this delicacy with almond and whipped cream between Christmas and Easter in just about every Swedish konditori. You can find more information about these Fettis days or Fastlaggsdag and a recipe here.

3 February – Morotskakansdag

On 3 February it is the day of the carrot cake.

7 March – Punschrullens Dag

A punschrulle can best be compared with the Belgian and Dutch marrow pipes. It contains marzipan and both ends are soaked in chocolate. The Swedish version is often with green marzipan, has a slightly different taste and a different filling. The punschrullar are also called dammsugare (vacuum cleaners). You can find them at Ikea.
These punschrulle are traditionally eaten on the first advent.

25 March – Våffledagen

The day of the waffle was originally Our Lady’s Day (Vårfrudagen), but due to the confusion of tongues this has by coincidence become the day that just about every Swede takes out his/her waffle iron and they celebrate the day of the waffle. These are usually thin, clover-shaped waffles that they both decorate with sweet or savory (eg with salmon and sour cream).

12 April – Lakritsdagen

Be aware: in Sweden, as in the Netherlands, they like salty liquorice. At Max they even sell ice creams with liquorice and every year there is a big lakrits fair in Stockholm.

11 mei – Chokladbollens dag

Zweedse chocoladeballetjes

Chocolate balls are very easy to make. It is a popular snack and so they got their own festive day. If you want to make Swedish chocolate balls on May 11 (or any other day), you can find an easy and delicious recipe here.

27 May – Muffin dagen

Muffins are not really Swedish and yet they got their own theme day. The blueberries that you often find in muffins are to be found in abundance in Sweden and that might explain this day.

6 June – Sillens dag

The Swedish national holiday is also the day of the herring. Together with salmon, perhaps the most eaten fish species in Sweden. Surströmning also has its own day, in early August.

August 9 – Rulltårtans Dag

A holiday for the rolled cake. Why not.

Kräftskivan

In the second half of August just about every Swede holds a lobster party. Crayfish are served and the Swedes go all the way with the decoration: flags, little bibs with lobsters, … Also the drink aquavit can not be missed during the kräftskiva.

August 23 – Kötbullens Dag

The famous Swedish balls of course also have their spot in the list of theme days for food.

3 September – Svampens Dag

The day of the mushrooms.

September 28 – Kebabens Day

The day of the kebab. Logical in a country where the kebabs and the hot dog stands are part of the street scene.

1 October – Kaffedagen

Every day is coffee day in Sweden. Yet they also have a real Day of Coffee. Sweden are among the front runners in terms of coffee drinking. I think that only the Finns drink more cups of coffee per person per day.

4 October – Kanelbullens Dag

This will probably be the most popular theme day in Sweden. It was the first day for food that I became acquainted with. What many do not even know anymore is that this is actually a commercial day. The whole story behind the cinnamon bun day and a delicious recipe can be found here.

6 October – Gräddtårtans Dag

Whipped cream cake.

October 14 – Räkmackans Dag

A day for a sandwich with shrimps, yes, I do not make it up. In Sweden, the shrimps are pink. Different ones than the ones in Belgium and the Netherlands. In the beginning I did not like it, but apparently I learned to eat them. I still prefer our North Sea shrimp!

November 7 – Kladdkakans Dag

Kladdkaka, Zweedse chocoladecake

Kladdkaka is Swedish for mud cake. It is a delicious chocolate cake. Even children can bake it! I often replace the butter with yogurt and leave out a portion of sugar to make it a little healthier. This is the kind of cake that you can bake quickly if you fancy something tasty. The recipe for kladdkaka can be found here.

November 11 – Chokladens Dag

That international women’s day coincides with the day of chocolate can not be a coincidence.

November 14 – Ostkakans Dag

Day of the cheesecake!

22 November – Wienerbrödets Dag

And also a day for wiener bread.

December 1 – Glöggens Dag

The Swedish mulled wine got its theme day at the beginning of the real winter season. Try this recipe for glögg!

9 december – Pepparkakans Dag

Pepparkakor

Delicious pepparkakor or ginger cookies you can make and eat especially in the run up to Christmas. Preferably in combination with some glögg. The cookies are so tasty that they are baked and eaten all year round. You will also find ready-to-bake dough and gingerbread cookies at Ikea.

December 13 – Lussekatter

On the 13th of December the tradition says children are waking up their parents with breakfast in bed. The saffron rolls or lussekatter are part of Sankta Lucia.

December 18 – Kakans dag

Kaka = cookie. So, Day of the cookies. Because there were no other days where they eat cookies 😉

Julbord

To complete the year, the Christmas buffet can not be missed in this overview.

Have I forgotten another day? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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Swedish Festive Days for Food
3 January 2018
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1 Comment

  • Reply Alex Lithander

    You got more or less everything right, but the international women’s day is not in November but 8th of March. 🙂

    12 October 2020 at 11:16
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