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Come See us at Scandinavian Fest at Vasa Park, NJ

Sunday, 3 September, 2023 | 10:00 am - 5:30 pm EDT

Please stop by to visit our table at the 37th Annual Scandinavian Fest, rain or shine!

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.

Learn more & purchase tickets at scanfest.org!

Questions? Email info@ScanFest.org

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.


What’s On for Fest ’23 ?? ( Plenty ! )

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’.

For Kids:

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

Demonstrators & Artisans:

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

Contest Arena & Combat Field:

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

….. and …. The always-popular 14th annual Wife Carrying contest ! Whazzat ?? Well, grab a wife. Any wife. And carry her through our obstacle course to win her weight in beer. Bring your own, grab one, or rent one of our light-weights.


Food Vendors at ScanFest ’23:

Food vendors at ScanFest serve a variety of traditional and contemporary Scandinavian foods ……. & more common festival fare (for the less adventurous).

HandCraft & Gift Vendors at ScanFest ’23:

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.


Celebrate the heritages at this 37th Smörgåsbord of family fun !
– or –
Release your Inner Viking
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Be a Viking for a Day
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Simply come enjoy an event that’s just a bit different.
Whatever, it’s a Smörgåsbord of Fun !


Sunday, 3 September, 2023
10:00 am - 5:30 pm EDT


Vasa Park
1 Vasa Dr
Hackettstown, NJ 07840 United States
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