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Scandinavian Festival Brisbane 2019

Revel in everything that makes Scandinavia great — from Norwegian waffles, to Finnish beer, to Swedish meatballs.
By Sarah Ward
August 21, 2019
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By Sarah Ward
August 21, 2019
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The weather might be heating up in sunny Queensland, but that doesn't mean you can't all spend a day pretending you're somewhere much, much cooler. How does an imaginary visit to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Iceland sound? All you need to do is head along to the Scandinavian Festival Brisbane.

Now in its eighth year, the annual showcase of countries with colder climates offers a smorgasbord of authentic food, entertainment and shopping that'll make you think you're on the other side of the world. Think Norwegian waffles, Finnish beer, Swedish meatballs, Danish hot dogs — and that's just for starters.

Taking place at Bowen Hills' Perry Park from 10am–4pm on Sunday, September 8, it also includes a showcase of Nordic products and other goodies, plus traditional folk dancing and music. Fancy making a floral crown? You can buy a bucket of flowers for $10, then get taught how as well. 15,000 people attend each year, so arriving early is recommended — more Viking-themed street food, Scandinavian sweets and balled pancakes for you.

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