Lutefisk booth brings a taste of the past to Norsk Hostfest

Published: Sep. 25, 2019 at 7:28 PM CDT
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Lutefisk is a traditional dish of some Nordic countries and a favorite here at Norsk Hostfest.

A line that's been going all afternoon to remember a taste from the past.

"I haven't had it for probably 25 years," said Mary Paulsen, a North Dakota native.

Paulson came from Illinois to celebrate Hostfest with her sister.

"Christmas we always had lutefisk and lefse," said Paulsen.

Larry Walter who runs the booth for lutefisk says the fish comes from Norway and has been part of the tradition for years.

"And you can reconstitute it with just some water and then you cook it into either a soup, I know they had lots of soup on the ships, or they could have it just a piece of lutefisk fish," said Walter.

And you won't leave the festival with an empty stomach.

"Mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and lutefisk, and we also have meatballs if they want to have a meatball too," said Walter.

"It was tender, and flavorful and buttery, and I really like lutefisk," said Sandy Anderson of Bismarck, Paulsen's sister.

With one bite, you immerse yourself in the culture.

"Well I think we forget a lot of things our parents told us about and coming and seeing the different things kind of reminds of us of things they told us in the past," said Paulsen.

Walter says about 500 lutefisk are sold a day, and there are two booths at the festival.

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