Apr 5, 2019 – Pea Soup (tentative date)


Pea Soup:  ärtsoppa (Swedish),  ertesuppe (Norwegian),  gule ærter (Danish),  hernekeitto (Finnish)

  • Friday, April 5 (tentative date)
  • 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.

This year we will offer a rich vegetarian split pea soup, made by “Staff of Life” catering and served with brown mustard.  On the side, we will serve sliced ham, green salad, bread and butter.  Dessert will be thin pancakes filled with berries and whipped cream and served with coffee.

There are a limited number of tickets, and they must be purchased ahead of time by mail.  Payments must be received by Tue, Apr 2.  Tickets will not be available at the door.  To buy tickets, click here:  TICKETS


  • TBD – Adults
  • TBD – Children, 5 – 12 years
  • Free – Children under 5 years

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.


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