Euro Night 2011 – European celebration in Washington, D.C.

“Hug a Swede” – Swedish youngsters at their country’s table.

THE “DOOM and gloom” of the euro crisis didn’t stop the EU embassies in Washington, D.C. from celebrating their traditional fall event Euro Night on Friday evening, September, 23. At this popular – and sold out — event at La Maison Fran?ise on Reservoir Road, guests sampled delicious food and beverages from each EU country (the question is whether Germany and Spain had the longest food lines!), and gather information about the various countries. Several live concerts completed the ambiance and delivered vibrant rhythms from Europe.

Xavier Ruiz and Octavio Medina at the popular Spanish table. Xavier Ruiz and Octavio Medina at the popular Spanish table.

Leena Viljanen and Katrin ReinhartLeena Viljanen and Katrin Reinhart

Britt-Marie Forslund and Joakim Bong-Henriksson from the Embassy of SwedenBritt-Marie Forslund and Joakim Bong-Henriksson from the Embassy of Sweden

Spanish DJ Digital 21 in action.Spanish DJ Digital 21 in action.

The Finnish table offered a variety of the country's delicacies. The Finnish table offered a variety of the country’s delicacies.

MUSICAL entertainers included the Irish band Sean McComiskey and Shannon Dunne, the Polish band GRONIK, Greek dancers from Georgetown and George Mason University Greek Dancers, and later the guests took over the dance floor with music by Spanish DJ Digital 21, whose name is Miguel L?ez Mora.

The German tableThe line to the German table — with its traditional dishes such as sausages and Spaten beer — was one of the longest.

Cutting Jamon Serrano at the Spanish table.Cutting Jamon Serrano at the Spanish table.

Embassy of Sweden offered a tasty Swedish moose dish and a blueberry vodka drink. Embassy of Sweden offered a tasty Swedish moose dish and a blueberry vodka drink.

Representatives of the Embassy of the Czech RepublicRepresentatives of the Embassy of the Czech Republic

Irish performers Shannon Dunne and Sean McComiskeyIrish performers Shannon Dunne and Sean McComiskey

Representatives of the Embassy of LithuaniaRepresentatives of the Embassy of Lithuania

Representatives of the Embassy of SpainRepresentatives of the Embassy of Spain

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