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Crayfish party
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Things to do

Crayfish party, kräftskiva

These are pernickety-but-tasty little suckers. To meet the huge demand for them in Sweden, crayfish must be imported from China, Turkey and the US, but the prized Swedish crayfish is always deemed tastiest.

Swedish crayfish are a sought-after delicacy and you have to fight the cray fishing restrictions law as well as parasitic moulds to get your hands on them. Or just pay a lot of money in the fishmongers for them. You can of course settle for imported crayfish, but they are seldom seen as tasting as good as the Swedish crayfish.

When do you have a crayfish party in Sweden?

Somewhere in the months of August and September. There is no specific date set for the start of the season, but some mean that the tradition calls for it to start the first Wednesday in August. The year of 2020 that means August 6. 

Where do you host a crayfish party?

At home, or in your summer cottage. 

Who attends a crayfish party?

This tradition can include everyone, from friends and family to being the main theme at a social work party.

How to do kräftskiva like a local

Catch them at night as they are nocturnal creatures. Cook in brine with crown dill and eat them cold, suck like an aardvark, serve with mature Västerbotten cheese and pair with beer and schnapps. Be sure to have some wet wipes handy when you're done.