Lutefisk dinner returns to Poulsbo’s First Lutheran Church

POULSBO — A century-old tradition is back.

Poulsbo’s population was about 364 and Norwegian was the language spoken at home when the First Lutheran Church hosted the first lutefisk dinner, a cultural tie for Scandinavia’s children — and over the years, for their descendants.

The dinner took a hiatus in 2016. It returns Oct. 21. Seating times will be in 20-minute intervals from 11:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Lutefisk is cod that has been cured in lye. Historically, this was done so it could be stored or shipped for trade. To prepare it for cooking, it must be soaked in clean water for several days. It can then be baked, steamed or boiled.

Guests will be served lutefisk with meatballs, potatoes, lefse, salad, krumkake and sherbet. Lefse and pickled herring will also be for sale.

Volunteers are needed for the event. Sign up at First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Ave. NE.

Visitors are encouraged to fill out an order form in advance to reserve their seats, although additional tickets will be available at the door as well. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.