Spring Is Coming (Eventually): Waffle Day At American Swedish Museum

Celebrate the beginning of spring with waffles.


We know it doesn’t look much like Spring out there today, but here’s a little something to cheer you up–proof that winter is nearly over and that warmer days are on their way: Waffle Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum.

There is an annual tradition in Sweden in which Swedes welcome the beginning of spring by eating freshly baked, heart-shaped waffles with jam and whipped cream. Out of every silly tradition out there, this one makes perfect sense. Because, really, aren’t we always looking for an excuse to eat waffles?

And it all started from a simple misunderstanding.

The day is actually a celebration of the Christian holiday, Annunciation Day, which in Swedish is called Varfrudagen. Well, if you’re a little dusty on your Swedish, that happens to sounds a lot like the word Vaffeldagen, meaning Waffle Day. Hence, the waffle-eating tradition.

And because we firmly believe that someday (hopefully soon) we’re going to start defrosting from this frigid winter and stowing away our heavy coats and snow boots, it only makes sense to celebrate by eating a big waffle. I mean, it makes sense to celebrate just about anything by eating waffles, but won’t it be nice to eat waffles on Waffle Day?

The American Swedish Historical Museum is hosting the first big event of the spring, giving a warm welcome to even warmer weather. The event will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 11 am to 2 pm at the museum, where they’ll be serving fresh Swedish waffles topped with whipped cream and strawberry jam, with a steaming cup of coffee.

Tickets are $10 for admission to the museum, a waffle and a beverage. You can pay at the door or register online here.

So if you haven’t had a chance to cruise through the oldest Swedish museum in the United States, there really is no better opportunity. Because waffles.

American Swedish Historical Museum [Official]