IKEA stores will be hosting Easter Påskbord Smörgåsbord on April 5, 2019, an all-you-can-eat buffet of Swedish cuisine to be enjoyed with family and friends. Source: IKEA Facebook
Photo: Marcus Lawett
Photo: Marcus Lawett

All-you-can-eat Easter brunch is happening today in unexpected place

Easter is coming early this year — at least at IKEA stores around the country. 

IKEA stores across the country — including the nearby West Chester location — are celebrating spring with its annual Swedish Easter Påskbord happening today, April 5. 

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This all-you-can eat buffet of classic Swedish foods is plentiful and priced right. Tickets are available for only $16.99 for adults and $4.99 for kids 12 and younger. IKEA FAMILY members can get tickets for $12.99 for adults and $2.99 for kids 12 and younger. 

"We are excited to celebrate the Påskbord tradition with our customers this Easter," says Krista Boyer, Sales Leader, IKEA Food in a press release. "Påskbord is all about spending time with family and friends and sharing the Swedish traditions." 

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The IKEA Påskbord menu includes: 

• First course: Assorted varieties of herring, Deviled eggs with shrimp or seaweed pearls, marinated salmon with mustard sauce, poached salmon with cucumber dill sauce 

• Second course: Assorted Swedish cheeses, Swedish cucumber salad, Swedish red potato salad, crispbread, crisprolls, softbread and thinbread 

• Third course: Chicken meatballs, Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam, mashed potatoes or boiled dilled potatoes, Jansson's Temptations, Swedish ham 

• Desserts and beverages: Assorted Swedish desserts and cookies, fountain beverages and hot beverages 

Note: Menu is subject to change due to product availability. 

This bottomless Swedish brunch is a filling way to kick off the start of spring. Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. 

Those who are not able to make it to the in-store event can still bring Swedish Easter traditions home. Visit the Swedish Food Market at any IKEA store to purchase select items from the Påskbord menu, including KÖTTBULLAR Swedish meatballs, or try this fun family Easter tradition that IKEA offers up, but with an Earthy twist — dye your own eggs using natural colors. 

HOME ACTIVITY: NATURAL EGG DYEING 

WHAT YOU NEED: 

Eggs 

Vinegar 

Cooking oil 

Natural colorants: 

Turmeric = yellow 

Onion skin= brown 

Birch leaves = light green 

Beetroot peel = brownish-red 

Grape juice= purple 

Red cabbage, whole leaves = purple 

Red cabbage, chopped = blue 

Beetroot juice = pinkish-red 

Directions: Bring water, a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (will not give a taste to the eggs), and a colorant to boil in a saucepan. Add the eggs. Play around with the boiling time and the amount colorant to get different shades of color. After dyeing, allow the eggs to cool down and dry. Rub with oil to make them shiny. Fun Tip: You can make beautiful patterns on the eggs. Before dying, wrap the egg in a piece of a nylon stocking with flowers or leaves tucked in. Or simply wrap rubber bands around the egg. You can also draw patterns and letters with a candle or a crayon. 

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com.

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