Courtesy of Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Ring in the approach of autumn with a meal at the Swedish furniture store. 

Elisabeth Sherman
August 16, 2017

Yes, IKEA does make almost universally–acknowledged decent quality, inexpensive Swedish furniture. Nearly everyone has a piece of IKEA furniture in their home at this point. But the company has another, more under-the-radar signature, too: its food. IKEA's cafeteria has garnered enough of a following that executives considered opening stand alone restaurants at one time. Now that summer is drawing to a close, the chain wants to celebrate with a whole bunch of crustaceans.

Taking inspiration from a Swedish tradition that marks the end of the summer and the opening of crayfish fishing season, IKEA will be hosting the Swedish Crayfish Party—so that IKEA-obsessed customers everywhere can experience the custom for themselves. The menu will, of course, feature a crayfish buffet, as well as an assortment of other Swedish delicacies, including deviled eggs, gravad lax (raw salmon cured in salt), and for the die-hard fans, the furniture store’s famous meatballs.

Here’s the entire the IKEA Crayfish Party menu:

  • Crayfish
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Swedish Cucumber Salad
  • Pasta Primavera Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Gravad Lax with Mustard Dill Sauce
  • Swedish Cheeses
  • Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberry Jam
  • Mashed Potatoes or Boiled Dilled Potatoes
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Corn Cobbett’s
  • Assorted Swedish Desserts

The giant, all-you-can-eat feast will be taking place on September 15th at participating stores (just go to their website and enter your zip code to find out if a location near you will be hosting the buffet). Tickets are available for $18.99 per person and $4.99 for kids 12 and under, with a discount for IKEA Family members.

“We invite everyone to celebrate this tradition and share a piece of our Swedish heritage over a delicious meal," Patricia Meumann, IKEA Food Manager, said in a statement.

No, we're not accustomed to dining on shellfish at a furniture store either, but it's IKEA so we'll just embrace it.