Here's a tip for you Minneapolis folks: The American Swedish Institute there will be celebrating Kanelbullens dag (Cinnamon Bun Day) on Wednesday, October 1 from noon to 7 p.m. Visit the Institute's Kaffestuga to enjoy freshly baked cinnamon rolls for $3 each. Swedish coffee, lingonberry saft (a soft drink), pastries and cookies will also be for sale.
Cinnamon Bun Day began in Sweden in 1999 when the Home Baking Council (Hembakningsrådet) celebrated its 40th anniversary. Now the day has become a tradition held every year in early October.
The American Swedish Institute is located in a 33-room stone castle built by Swedish immigrant newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad in l908. Turnblad founded the Institute in 1929 to promote Swedish and Swedish-American culture. The Institute offers tours of the mansion, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. After you fill up on cinnamon rolls, you can listen to a special presentation about the history of the mansion at 7 p.m., and learn about the lives of the builders and woodcarvers who constructed it. Besides sculpted ceilings and a two-story grand hall, the mansion has eleven floor-to-ceiling kakelugnar (Swedish porcelain tile stoves).
The Institute is also offering a Sunday smorgasbord on October 19th at 1 p.m., which will include such dishes as herring in wine sauce, lemon and lime herring, eggs topped with mayonnaise and shrimp, gravlax (marinated salmon) with sweet dill-mustard sauce, kålpudding (cabbage pudding) served with cream sauce and lingonberries, Swedish cheese, smoked ham, and creamy fruit salad. There will also be smoked sausages, a fresh fruit platter, pickled cucumbers, Jansson’s Temptation, meatballs, red cabbage, boiled potatoes and Swedish sausages. Save room for dessert: Swedish apple and cinnamon cake served with homemade vanilla sauce. Musicians will play old-time Scandinavian music. The cost of the meal is $25, and the Institute will take reservations until Friday Oct. 17.
The American Swedish Institute is at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota; + 1 612 871 4907; www.americanswedishinst.org