Combine 2,000 frikadellers (Danish meatballs), 500 guests, dozens of Danish food, craft & gift items and mix well! Imagine making thousands of frikadellers by hand. If you were one of the more than 500 guests at this year’s November 6 Fall Fest — not including residents and staff — you saw and tasted the delicious results.
Chef Roger Sukhu and The Danish Home’s hardworking culinary team made more than 2,000 of these tasty Danish meatballs. More then 40 volunteers helped serve them up to eager guests along with red cabbage, boiled potatoes, cucumber salad, rolls and rødgrød (fruit pudding) with cream.
In order to accommodate everyone, there were three seatings in The Danish Home’s beautiful dining and gathering rooms. Before or after their dinner seating, guests shopped for Danish and Christmas-themed gifts at special booths. These items included baked goods, sausages, jellies, jams, handmade quilts, crafts made by residents and other gift items.
According to festival chair Esther Sorensen, the event always draws hundreds from the Midwest, including many who’ve had a family member or friend at The Danish Home.
“For many, Fall Fest is nostaligic. They want their children and grandchildren to know something of the Danish heritage. And frikadeller is the Danish national dish,” she said. “Seeing all the people is amazing. And working with such a wonderful, willing crew makes it run smoothly.”
Board president Jeff Anderson agreed.