Never Mind NOLA, IKEA is This Year's Crawdad Destination

Go for the furniture, stay for the Swedish crawfish.

By Ethan L. Johns
August 17, 2017

Image: IKEA

August 17th, 2017
— Why do we go to IKEA? The reasonable person might talk about the great deals on furniture or the cute little tea candles. But the dreamer—the real lover of IKEA—goes for the food. On September 15th, these IKEA shoppers will be blessed with the opportunity to participate in the epic celebration of end-of-summer shopping: a Swedish crawfish party, right in the cafeterias of participating stores.

Now, we feel a little uncomfortable cheating on those cloud-like meatballs, but we can make an exception for something so extravagant as this all-you-can-eat crawfish buffet (plus, you won’t have to choose: this is America and you can have it all). With menu items such as crawfish (duh), swedish cucumber salad, gravadlax with mustard dill sauce and, of course, Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce, this crawfish fest is bound to be one of the ritziest dinners ever thrown by a multinational furniture retailer.

Seeing as a trip to IKEA is basically guaranteed to wreck even the most stable of relationships, this will be a great opportunity for shoppers to blow off some steam as the staff teaches them how to dismember and delight in these little craw-staceans. When the party is over, you can purchase a bag of KRÄFTOR (IKEA-speak for “frozen crawfish”) to prepare at home. If you’re jazzed about this Swedish seafood soirée, head on down to your local store to reserve tickets, because seating, unlike the buffet, is limited.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns