SACC Washington DC held traditional Swedish crayfish party at the House of Sweden

Sara Dahl? of SACC-USA, Max Litton of Saab North America, Inc., and Amanda Uhlman of SACC-USASara Dahl? of SACC-USA, Max Litton of Saab North America, Inc., and Amanda Uhlman of SACC-USA

WHAT CAN BE more Swedish than celebrating the end of summer and beginning of fall with a traditional crayfish party or, as the Swedes say, kr?tskiva? And that is what the Washington chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (www.sacc-dc.org) did on Wednesday evening, September 15, 2010, at the House of Sweden, beautifully located on the Potomac River in Georgetown. The cooked crayfish were dark red in color and delicious. They disappeared quickly accompanied by drinks, such as vodka or aquavit, called “snaps,” wine and beer. Guests, dressed in the colorful party hats and bibs, sang traditional songs or “snaps-visor.”

AS SWEDISH Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m mentioned in his speech, the famed Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson has said that “there is nothing more Swedish than the crayfish tradition.”

THIS VERY successful event was sponsored by Volvo Group North America, Inc., Karlsson’s Gold Vodka and IKEA.

Thomas Unander-Scharin, Carina Olsson, Elizabeth Avery and Craig CrutchfieldThomas Unander-Scharin, Carina Olsson, Elizabeth Avery and Craig Crutchfield

Anna Winberg of SACC Washington DC, Bradley Olsson, chairman of SACC Washington DC, and Maja Persson of SACC Washington DCAnna Winberg of SACC Washington DC, Bradley Olsson, chairman of SACC Washington DC, and Maja Persson of SACC Washington DC

Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m gives a speech about the Swedish crayfish traditionAmbassador Jonas Hafstr?m gives a speech about the Swedish crayfish tradition

Carina Olsson, M?ten Leijon and Dawn LeijonCarina Olsson, M?ten Leijon and Dawn Leijon

Jonathan Miller, Vice-President of Government Relations for Volvo Group North America, Inc., spoke to the gathering. Jonathan Miller, Vice-President of Government Relations for Volvo Group North America, Inc., spoke to the gathering.

Carina Olsson Carina Olsson

Hanna Johansson, Meredith Eisenhart and Birgitta ArnesdotterHanna Johansson, Meredith Eisenhart and Birgitta Arnesdotter

Traditional Swedish crayfish party at the House of SwedenGeorgetown and the Potomac River

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