Cal Lutheran University is announcing the return of the annual Scandinavian festival after a several year hiatus. Long time citizens of Thousand Oaks remember this lively festival quite well, and are pleased to see it return. The festival was first launched in 1974, as a fun way for locals to learn and celebrate the history of Conejo Valley, which Norwegians first settled in the 1890s. Cal Lutheran University itself has a strong Scandinavian history itself. In the 1950’s, the American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church in America decided to build a Lutheran college in California. A man named Richard Pederson, who was the son of Scandinavian immigrants, donated 130 acres of land for the university to be founded on. Since the school first opened, they have been very open about their school’s history and embraced Scandinavian culture for the whole city to enjoy.
The festival will be held on April 1st-2nd from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The University has set up performers, native food, crafts, a vintage car display and much more entertainment. The ambiance of the festival is similar to Solvang, except it is local and features live performances. Folk dancing, opening ceremonies and musical performances are the main highlights of the festival and will take place in Kingsmen Park. A vendor marketplace will also be open, with sellers presenting an array of different Scandinavian knick-knacks and artwork.
Not to mention one of the best parts— the food. Swedish meatballs, Aebleskivers (a donut ball with jam and powdered sugar), Lefse, Danish pastries and Swedish pancakes are only a few of the delicacies that will be offered at the festival. Want to learn how to make some Scandinavian dishes? The Food and Craft demonstrations include learning how to spin wool, making Krumkake, and bobbin lace.
A game of Kubb, an ancient Viking game, will also be available for anyone of any age to play. The event plans to draw in 6,000 people, so come on by for a few hours and enjoy some Scandinavian festivities.