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Taste of Lund doles out neat treats

Scandinavian delectables have themselves a tad bit of a reputation.

“They are a lot, a lot of work,” said Sharon Westerholm, who knows firsthand how time-intensive and high maintenance they can be, as she tackles four batches of fattigmann, a Scandinavian fried cookie that she ties perfectly into a bow — each and every one of them.

“Oh, but they are so good,” she said.

Westerholm is one of about 20 women at the Lund Church near Richwood who are once again busy preparing for the ever-popular Taste of Lund, set for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 10th annual event is a chance for the ladies of Lund to show off their rare and impressive Scandinavian baking talents, and more importantly, a chance for the community to fully appreciate those talents.

“We do have some people who will start lining up at the door before we even open to make sure they get (what they want),” said Westerholm, who is chairing the event, “because we have run out before, so sometimes we don’t quite make it to 1 o’clock.”

On display for sampling will be some of the all-time Scandinavian favorites, such as rommegrot (a Norwegian porridge made with cream, flower, butter and salt), sandbakkels (a delicate sugar cookie), krumkake (a decorative waffle cookie), julekake (a bread cake often served up at the holidays, krensekake (a Swedish wedding cake), fruit soup, Swedish almond cake, lefse and Swedish cream.

“And then we’ve also got somebody making potato candy,” said Westerholm, “and that is so delicious — my grandkids just love it.”

The cost for the goodies is purchased through tickets at two for $1 or 12 for $5.

There will also be sandwiches and beverages available, as well as a typical bake sale.

The money raised from the event goes to the Lund Ladies, who then turn around and support local charities.

“We donate to the Lakes Crisis Center and the Compassion House, we help a student through the TeacHaiti project, and we also donate to the Hospice of the Red River Valley and to Mahube,” said Westerholm, who adds that the fundraiser remains popular in the area because people know what it takes to make the treats.

“Nobody else does it; it’s unique — a bit of a novelty,” she said, adding that they expect to get anywhere from 180 to 200 people. 

“I know a lot of seniors love it because it’s so much work to make these types of delicacies, but people love to eat them,” she said.

Westerholm says the drive out to the historic, Scandinavian-style church located nine miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road is a beautiful one this time of year as well.

“The leaves will be just gorgeous out there,” she said.

The church is also holding its annual Swedish meatball dinner a couple of weeks later, on Sunday, Oct. 27.