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Friday, August 10, 2012

All-day Celebration of Scandinavia at its Best

The largest Nordic festival on the east coast – Scandinavian Fest ’12 – celebrates the food, customs, crafts, arts, traditions and lifestyles of the Nordic countries.

It is an all-day outdoor event (rain or shine, entertainment covered) – from 10am to 6pm on the Sunday of Labor-Day weekend, September 2 – of the lifestyles of the peoples of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

The venue for this 28th annual Smörgåsbord of Family Fun is the fields and groves of the NJ Vasa Park, a sylvan recreational site near Hackettstown in New Jersey’s “Skylands” region. In all, ScanFest ’12 will have 7 performance & demo areas, over 30 performances for adults & kids, and some 60 specialized craft and gift vendors with a variety of articles, crafts, and designs.

Heading the list of entertainers will be ABBAGirlz, the spectacular ABBA tribute group, the Kari Sjostrand duo direct from Denmark and Sweden, and the amazing accordionist, Brent Buswell and a long list of returning favorites.

Food is important to any heritage festival and the Fest’s 18-plus ethnic & festival food vendors offer the traditional popular (and some not-so-familiar) dishes as well as those delicious Nordic desserts, plus lots more to enjoy with beer and other beverages.  Of course, there's familiar American festival fare for the less adventurous.

ScanFest has an extensive Nordic Marketplace of many specialized vendors who offer Nordic handicrafts, traditional folk and contemporary dress, and modern Nordic gifts ranging from knickknacks to lush Icelandic sweaters and elaborate decorative furnishings, artwork, and jewelry. 

For updated vendor and program information, the detailed performance schedule, advanced-sale discount tickets, driving directions, or a printable version of the '12 flyer to download, visit the ScanFest website at www.ScanFest.org.

For more information about top events in New Jersey take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in New Jersey.