Food & Drink

It wouldn’t be Nordic Fest without food! Buy affordable sweet treats and savory snacks from the many food vendors located up and down Water Street, attend Norwegian Dinner, and don’t forget to visit Decorah’s amazing restaurants.

Favorite Recipes


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Decorah Lutheran Church
Friday, 5pm–7pm

Norwegian meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, herring (sild), glazed carrots, coleslaw, relish tray, lefse, rolls, sweet soup, rommegrot, cheese, Norwegian pastries, coffee, iced tea, milk. Air-conditioned dining room and handicap accessible.

Adults, $15; children under 10, $6.

Tickets will be available at the church office and the Chamber of Commerce beginning July 1. Bus tours welcome! Call Decorah Lutheran at (563)-382-3601.

Pannekake (Pancake) Breakfast

Decorah Fire Department
Saturday, 6:30am–9:30am

All you can eat pancakes with sausage and beverage. Free will donation. 400 Claiborne Dr., Fire Department, City Hall Building. Sponsored by Decorah Fire Department.

Lefse rolling


Vendor: Nordic Fest

Support Nordic Fest with this delicious Norwegian treat and bottled water sold in front of the Oneota Community Co-op Kitchen Classroom.


Vendor: Glenwood Lutheran Church 

Enjoy this Scandinavian pastry, shaped like a pretzel, but sweet with a soft crust.



Vendor: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Watch demonstrations in Bank of the West Lobby, 120 W. Water Street, and buy these sweet treats in the booth in front of Bank of the West. Samples, recipes, and gluten-free Krumkake available. Krumkake means “curved cake.” These are baked on a special iron and rolled into a cone shape while still hot.

Lingonberry Saft booth

Lingonberry Saft & Slushies

Vendor: Kinderhaus

Cool off with lingonberry juice drinks and slushies. Located near Red Roxy Quilts 415 W. Water Street.

Norwegian meatballs

Vendor: Decorah HS Cross Country Teams

Stop by for  Norwegian meatballs, chips, beverages, and bottled water. Located near J Tupy’s, 211 W. Water Street.


Rosettes & rømmegrøt

Vendor: Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church

Traditionally Christmas cookies, rosettes have found their way to Nordic Fest. These Scandinavian pastries are a real treat. And if you haven’t tried rømmegrøt, well, make sure to stop by this booth near Rootz Salon, 220 W. Water Street.

Child eating varme polse

Varme Pølse

Vendor: Xi Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority

Varme Pølse has been on the Nordic Fest menu since the beginning, when they sold for 50 cents. Get in line early for this popular Norwegian snack—meat rolled up in a lefse. Located near The Country Garden, 113 W. Water Street.