Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Sweden
The Local · 21 Nov 2013, 11:47
Published: 21 Nov 2013 11:47 GMT+01:00
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This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 28th, the fourth Thursday of the month, the day designating for celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.
While some Americans living in Sweden may have the option of heading back the the US for Thanksgiving, there are options abound for those who will find themselves in Sweden at the end of November.
Not only do a number of restaurants and organizations put on some form of Thanksgiving spread, it's not impossible to find many of the key ingredients to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal at grocery stores in Sweden's larger cities.
For turkey, Ingelsta Kalkon is the where it's at. With outlets in Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg, Lund, Helsingborg, and at their farm in Österlen in southern Sweden, Ingelsta is the place to turn for Thanksgiving turkey. If you can't make it to one of their outlets, check with your local grocer - if they carry turkey, it's likely from Ingelsta.
For other Thanksgiving staples, there's also the English Shop, which has outlets in Sweden's three largest cities, and carries a wide-range of non-perishable foodstuffs with a British and American twist.
But for those out there who don't have the time or the energy to prepare their own turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, or are simply looking to connect with other Americans on what many consider the most American of holidays, The Local has put together a list of options in Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg -- and Småland.
On November 28th, Hard Rock Cafe offers a decently-priced three-course dinner for 395 kronor ($60), starting off with a Caesar salad and moving on to herb grilled turkey with mashed potatoes and candied cranberries. And of it's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Make your reservations by calling 08-545 494 00.
This is a pricier option for Turkey Day, but you get what you pay for. For 545 kronor you get a full Thanksgiving buffet, complete with squash, ham, turkey, green beans, macaroni and cheese, brussel sprouts, pie, and more. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance by calling 08-314473.
If you can't celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, dinner a la Marcus Samuelsson style may be the thing for you. The dinner will be served November 25th through November 30th, and consists of warm punch, squash soup, waldorf salad, turkey, and pecan pie. The price is 595 kronor per person and reservations can be made online here, or by calling 08-6769850.
Home-Style Thanksgiving with the English Speaking Community Club takes place Friday, November 22nd, 5pm at Stockholm's Borgargrille. Turkey will be provided and guests are asked to bring side dishes potluck-style. Dinner costs 300 kronor.
Give someone else something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Each year the American Club of Sweden volunteers with Stockholms Stadsmission to give Thanksgiving dinner to the poor. The event is a collaborative with the Hilton Hotel and Ingelsta Kalkon.
The Friday after Thanksgiving Day, a four-course Thanksgiving menu will be presented at Gåshaga Sealodge on Lidingö just outside Stockholm city. Pumpkin soup, roasted turkey, creamed corn, stuffing, pie and biscuits are all on the menu for 595 kronor. RSVP no later than November 26th by calling 08-6013400.
Interested in a Marcus Samuelsson style dinner, but located on the west coast? No worries, Marcus Samuelsson and Red Rooster Harlem have their own Thanksgiving dinner the last weekend in November. Call 031-61 90 60 to reserve, or book here.
Hard Rock Cafe in Gothenburg has the same 395 kronor feast as Stockholm, starting off with a Caesar salad and moving on to herb grilled turkey with mashed potatoes and candied cranberries. And of it's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Make your reservations by calling 031 10 23 30.
This evens it not open to the general public, but if you are female and have any interest in American culture, why not join the American Women's Club for their annual potluck Thanksgiving dinner? Contact the club here for more info.
Turkey dinner is hard to come by in Malmö, but if you'd still like to meet and eat, the Lund social group on Meetup.com will be gathering at an Italian Restaurant on Friday, November 29th. Perhaps chicken parmigiana doesn't shout Thanksgiving, but it's the thought that counts.
Once again, events with the American Women's Club are only open to members and members' guests - but why not try it out? They have an annual potluck dinnner in Malmö as well. Contact the club here for more info.
If you're in Kalmar, Öland, Nybro, or Växjö, you're in luck. Americans across Småland will gather on Sunday, November 24th for a cozy and affordable Thanksgiving dinner, just 100 kronor per adult. But there's only room for 75 people so RSVP quickly.
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