Go cray cray for crayfish

CARLY-ANN CLEMENTS, SEPT 2017

So our weird, non-summer is almost over. But it’s not time to get SAD yet. Celebrate the last dregs of those kinda warm days with a Swedish tradition that’ll put a smile on even the crabbiest Londoner..

LondonSwedes is hosting their fifth Crayfish Festival which is based on the Scandi midsummer party, kräftskiva. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone, so let us school you. It’s essential an excuse to eat a bucket-load of crayfish, drink like a fish and sing with the fishes. Wait. Not the last part; though tipsy group singing will be had. It usually lasts six weeks in its native land but in London, it lasts just two days.
On Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10, Smiths Bar and Grill in Paddington will have 400 revelers gorging on food and sipping on schnapps for either brunch or dinner. As well as an all-you-can-eat crayfish buffet, Swedish meatballs and herring will be served. And if you’re there for the ride but not the shellfish, there will be vegetarian options available. One session has already sold out so net your place now before they’re all snapped up.
Tickets for brunch or dinner are just £35 with all food, music and bibs included.

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