Lindsborg’s 2015 Vaffeldagen would not be denied, despite the downtown area currently undergoing renovations and rehabilitation.
Lindsborg’s 2015 Vaffeldagen would not be denied, despite the downtown area currently undergoing renovations and rehabilitation. People gathered to celebrate the coming of spring with waffles anyway.
“It was fabulous in every way,” Vaffeldagen organizer Jan Cambridge-Lewis said. “The infrastructure project made it even better. It was cozier in my opinion.”
The tradition of Vaffeldagen in Sweden actually came from a misunderstanding of language. The original celebration was a Cristian celebration known as Lady Day, which in Swedish is Varfrudagen. In a mix up of language, it began being pronounced as Vaffeldagen, or Waffle Day.
Now each year, Lindsborg residents and visitors indulge in waffles in a celebration of Spring. They top their waffles with jam and whipped cream and some even eat them with sour cream. The White Peacock Coffee Shop sold blue and white Swedish Flag waffles. In addition, various restaurants around town sold waffles all day.
People could also be spotted wandering around town dressed as waffles.
“One little girl gave me a hug and said, ‘You are so soft!’” Cambridge-Lewis said.
The newest addition to the festival was a Kubb (pronounced koob) Tournament held at Swensson Park. Kubb is a lawn game in which the object is to knock over wooden blocks, known as kubbs, by throwing wooden batons at them.
“We had more people this year than ever before,” Cambridge-Lewis said. “This is a celebration for friends and family to get together and celebrate spring. It’s a way to celebrate life.”