Scandinavian Fest is an all-day celebration of Scandinavia at its best — where you’ll discover the customs, the history, the ethnic variety of the six Nordic nations: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Visitors and vendors, alike, are invited to catch a Scandinavian moment — to enjoy the refreshing outdoors at our annual festival in rustic Vasa Park at Budd Lake, NJ.
American Scandinavian Society will be having a table at the Festival – so come and visit us at the ScanFest!
FREE entry with authentic folk dress.
There are Nordic craft & gift vendors offering a variety of items for the home, gifts, and quality jewelry. Food vendors at ScanFest serve a variety of traditional and contemporary Scandinavian foods ……. & more common festival fare (for the less adventurous). A full day of re-enactors, dancers, Vikings, special kids’ activities, Nordic foods, Scandinavian marketplace. Entertainment is covered or indoors.
Iva Voice & Music: Vibrant vocals & guitar: Youngest “Swedish-American vocalist of the Year” honoree, ever!
Swedish Meatballs: “Toe-tappin’ ” accordion music for listenin’ & dancin’.
Skansen Children’s Club: Scandinavian childrens’ folk dancers
Spirit of Scandinavia: Swedish Jazz: Scandinavian tunes for listening & dancing w/ drums, squeeze-box & sax.
Smörgåsbandet: Even more uf dat gud olt accord’yun moosik dot ve all luff so vell.
Telge Glima: Direct from Sweden: Fascinating Viking old games, sports, & contests of strength & skill
Vidar Skrede: Multi-instrumentalist: fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, guitar, & mandolin. Traditional Norwegian music from his hometown of Rogaland, Norway.
House of Hamill: Captivating show w/ original jigs & reels, traditional folk ballads, stories from the road.
Anders Lundegård, Swedish Saxophone (w/ YimengYu, piano)
Daughters of Scandinavia, talented & charming Norwegian Hardanger fiddles
Hanne Ledefoged-Dollase: Very entertaining, humorous program w/ a few serious moments. Ideal for adults & kids alike. Plus chance for sing-long at the end.
Marja Kaisla: Virtuoso pianist, recording artist, Finlandia Foundation ‘Performer of the Year’.
Ambrose the Astounding: Magic from Wizards, Sorcerers, & Magicians he’s known from ’round the World.
Roger Latzgo: Hans Christian Andersen songs & stories
Jonathan Kruk: Storyteller
Face-Painting all day
Kids’ Craft tent 11:00 – 2:00
Bill Faberstrom: Genealogy ‘how-to”
John Miles: all about building & sailing Viking ships; drakkars, Snekkja, busse, knarrs
John Miles: Viking invasions of the British idles
Blacksmith: Pocono Mountain Forge: their 6th year to demo Viking-inspired creations
“Wire you Waiting”: beautiful, unique Viking-era wire-knit jewelry techniques
Rigr Crafts: historic viking jewelry-making & hair care
‘Heart to Hearth’: Knackebröd making class-demo w/ Susan McLellan Plaisted
Jan Doyle: master weaver & teacher
Betty Baumgardt: Hardanger embroidery demonstration
Denmark’s Tonder Bobbin Lace-making: demo
Danegeld Company: History enthusiasts, Vladimir the Rus, Viking Jerk (Yeh-rick), &
Nikolai demo Viking age combat w/ shields, steel axes, swords, spears.
Telge Glima: Direct from Sweden: Team of authentic period Viking games & competition
The Sloshbucklers: Return invasion, er,.. engagement; Viking-theme demo of axe & knife throwing. Wander the encampment; visit the range, & see what the Sloshbucklers are about.
“Norseman”: Viking longship recreation
Faering: Norse viking boat
Food vendors at ScanFest serve a variety of traditional and contemporary Scandinavian foods ……. & more common festival fare (for the less adventurous).
Nordic craft & gift vendors offering a variety of items for the home, gifts, and quality jewelry … like these bracelets of woven pewter & silver on reindeer hide made by the Sami Laplanders.