Thursday, January 20, 2011
The ancient midwinter Viking feast of Þorrablót (Thorrablot) is celebrated by Icelanders during the month of þorri (Thorri, or King Winter). This is a winter feast which celebrates the hardship which the ancestors had to endure. The feast can be held at any time during the month of Thorri starting the Friday after January 19th (the 13th week of winter).
Thorrablot is the feast held by the Vikings to celebrate with great feasts and plenty of dancing and singing because Thorri is the fourth month of winter which meant that spring would be returning soon. Traditional Viking food is eaten which mainly consists of putrefied shark, jellied rams head, testicles and eyeballs along with many other delicacies. Much of the food is preserved from the previous year.
In Iceland restaurants and homes alike feature special menus with some of the old traditional Viking foods. Some of these delicacies include Slatur, which is sheep's blood pudding rolled in lard and sewn up in the stomach, as well as Svith, which is a half boiled lamb's head, and of course everybody's favorite, pickled ram's testicles. Of course these foods are not part of the normal diet of Icelanders, but they are very adamant about holding on to their Viking heritage.
Participate in a Thorrablot; it is well worth experiencing.
The Icelandic Association of Utah will hold there annual Thorrablot celebration Saturday, 26 February 2011, at Spanish Fork Memorial Building, 400 North Main, Spanish Fork, Utah; Doors open at 5:00 pm Dinner served at 6:00 pm.