Fit for a viking

Illustration by serene lusano

One of the most buzzed about and exciting cuisines in the world right now is Scandinavian. That's largely due to Noma, the Danish restaurant deemed “the best restaurant in the world” multiple times. Of course we don't expect to find that sort of foraged, fine dining experience in Sacramento, but good luck finding any Scandinavian restaurants. I actually searched “Norwegian food” on Yelp just in case, and P.F. Chang's came up first. Anyway, your best bet for a traditional taste might be the local Sons of Norway's Viking Festival on Saturday, November 21, at the San Juan Masonic Temple (5944 San Juan Avenue in Citrus Heights). There will be crafts, clothes and other gift items, but more importantly, there will be lunch: lefse (soft, potato-based flatbread), smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches on rye), fiskesuppe (milky fish soup), “Viking-on-a-stick” (meatballs, essentially) and more. Entrance is free, and the fun lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, visit