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Celebrating Midsummer at the Danish Cafe

June 19, 2014 by Amanda Willis

The Summer Solstice is upon us! June 21, the longest day of the year in which the sun is at it’s highest point in the sky and for those living in Northern European countries this is a major celebration! It is the holiday called Midsummer and from our Swedish roots, our mother taught us how her family would celebrate back in Sweden. Three days full of food, drinks and dancing – so obviously we knew we would love this holiday!

Tjorn, Sweden

In Sweden, Midsummer is three days in June where the sun barely sets. We were lucky enough to experience a traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration where my mother grew up. With endless traditional Swedish food like fresh fish, meatballs and herring (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!) and beers and liqueurs to match while young children dance around the decorated maypole.

Why We Love Midsummer:

Other than the eating, drinking and dancing, we love the idea of celebrating summer surrounded by friends and family during a three-day-long party! Not to be confused by this banned IKEA commercial from a few years ago.

Tjörn, Sweden

Tjörn, Sweden

If you want to take part in the celebration closer to home this year, you are in luck! The Danish Cafe of Red Bank Flavour is hosting a Traditional Midsummer dinner Friday June 20. This BYOB event is $38 per person featuring traditional fare such as herring, shrimp, salmon and meatballs as well as newer entrees. A true Danish smørrebrød! Reservations are required so call today! 732.268.7365

The Danish Cafe

The Danish Cafe

About The Danish Cafe

Opened by a Danish couple from the island of Bornholm, owners Lone and Claudi wanted to bring a small piece of Denmark to the States and that is exactly what they did with their unique cafe. Located in the Galleria of Red Bank, New Jersey, The Danish Cafe hosts events through out the year serving up traditional foods, sweets and coffee. Don’t miss the Æblekage, which is sweet apple cake and cream! The Danish Cafe is also one of the only places in the area to get Johan Bülow’s LAKRIDSreal Danish licorice.

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