Pea Soup: ärtsoppa (Swedish) – ertesuppe (Norwegian) – gule ærter (Danish) – hernekeitto (Finnish)
- Friday, March 3
- At Viking Hall
- 5:30 pm – Social Time – Wine & Punch Available
- Activity Table for Children
- 6:30 pm – Dinner
- Extra parking next door at German-American Hall, 230 Plymouth St.
Tickets are available at the door.
- $10 – SCCSC Members
- $15 – Non Members
- $ 5 – Children, 5 – 12 years
- free – Children under 5 years
This year our dinner will be catered. There will be yellow and green split pea soup, made with pieces of pork and served with brown mustard and orange wheat bread. Soup will be followed by thin pancakes filled with berries and whipped cream.
The history of pea soup as a Nordic tradition dates back to before the time of the Vikings. Eating pea soup and pancakes on Thursdays is said to have originated as preparation for the Catholic fast day on Friday. Starting in the 18th century, punsch, an arrack-based sweet yellow liqueur was the pea soup drink of choice. In the Swedish and Finnish armies, pea soup continues to be served on Thursdays. In Finland the soup is made of green peas, in Sweden yellow.
Folklore has it that the deposed and imprisoned Swedish King Eric XIV was killed by a bowl of poisoned pea soup in 1577. A 20th century investigation confirmed that arsenic was found in the king’s remains. How it got there, no one knows for sure.
Join us for this ancient, simple, traditional dish.