Nordic Northwest's Viking Beer Festival an 'insane success'
Nordic Northwest's new Viking Beer Festival was an "insane success," and there is more to come as the local nonprofit hosts events for the public year-round.
The Aug. 20 festival was a first for the organization. Nordic Northwest organized Viking reenactments, music, food and more on its grounds, which include a historic log house called Fogelbo.
"Everyone had an amazing time," Shawn MacArthur, Nordic Northwest's Festival and Fundraising Event Manager said. "I was blown away by what our team pulled together, and it was our first time doing a beer fest and I think we absolutely knocked it out of the park."
MacArthur said tickets sold out, and he's looking at ways to expand it next year.
"I would very much like to do another one next year based on (how) the system does and the demand for it. … We want to have an expanded Viking village to have even more experiences for people like the history, craft and combat demonstrations," he said. "And we want to further expand on the Nordic Northwest Campus because we have a lot of space. I would like to make it bigger and better in every way."
MacArthur said he thinks people love beer fests in general, but it was even more fun for people to have more activities to do, stay longer, dress up and have a more well-rounded experience.
Everyone's costumes made it feel like a whole different world at the Nordic Northwest campus that evening, MacArthur said.
Beyond beer festivals and 21+ events, Nordic Northwest hosts a variety of events for all ages almost weekly.
One upcoming event is Nordic coffee hour, which will be hosted from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 6 and 27, Oct. 4 and 25 and beyond. The coffee hour is a new, pilot program hosted at Nordia House, with free coffee — and maybe some pastries.
The organization also hosts a Friday night lecture series at Nordia House and online. The first of the 2022-23 lecture series will be Barbara Fankhauser presenting on folk tales at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9. Attendance is free for Nordic Northwest members and $10 general admission.
Beyond various language classes, arts and crafts, movie nights, tours, story readings, alcohol tastings and forest bathing, the nonprofit's next big event is ScanFair, its December holiday market.
For more information about upcoming events — including ScanFair when more details are posted — visit www.nordicnorthwest.org/upcoming-events.
Besides its events, Nordic Northwest is a cultural center first, MacArthur said.
"We represent the five Nordic nations, and we provide both a meeting place and place for people to get together and experience these events and also learn about the culture," he said. "So, it's an educational mission as well as a cultural and social mission that we're growing."
If there's not events occurring or events scheduled, MacArthur encourages people to stop by anyway.
"Definitely check it out. First of all, the campus itself, Fogelbo — the national historic log cabin that's on our campus — it's just so beautiful to come to," he added. "Walk around the trails, just see the exhibits we have to offer, eat at the restaurant. It's just a magical place to kind of stop by anytime."
And Nordic Northwest's website says everyone is welcome — whether Nordic or just interested in the culture.
For more information about the local nonprofit and its events, visit www.nordicnorthwest.org.
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