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Midsommar (Midsummer) is celebrated in Sweden as elsewhere in Europe as the longest day of the year. But the Swedes are known to celebrate the occasion with flare.
Ikea brings the tradition to Australia except for us it is winter so we could do with a celebratory occasion to perk us up before the long dark.
Ikea at Logan will hold a free traditional Swedish fair at 10am (let's hope you don't have to build your own maypole.) This is followed by a smorgasbord which is a ticketed event. This runs from 11am - 4.30pm on 23 June.
Midsommar in Sweden is a time of eating and socialising a bit like Christmas is here. It is about getting the family together and having a good time.
The traditional table includes herring, freshly boiled new potatoes topped with sour cream and dill followed by fresh strawberries, or strawberry topped cake.
You can get a taste of this wonderful tradition at Logan when Ikea puts on a smorgasbord for their customers.
The centrepiece will be the traditional herrings and potatoes but there will also be other traditional dishes such as hardboiled eggs with toppings, Swedish cheeses, pies, salads crispbreads, breads, and everyone's favourite -- Swedish Meatballs with gravy and lingonberry jelly.
On top of this there will be an array of Swedish desserts and cookies.
The price is excellent value given that children under 12 eat free. Adults are $15 a head, but IKEA Family members pay just $10 a head. Membership is free. Children aged 3 to 8 can play in Småland, a supervised play area near the entrance.
In 2005 Ikea in Germany made a commercial sending-up Midsummer festivities. It was vetoed by those in charge but the ad still exists on Youtube. I rather think the celebrations at Ikea will be a rather more sedate affair.