Ballard SeafoodFest

Norsemen, come one and all! Gather your pillage and plunder, spears and weird hats, to celebrate Scandinavian history and cuisine at the annual Ballard SeafoodFest (today and Sunday). Ballard takes its heritage very seriously. It’s not uncommon at the fest to see men and women thundering around in chain mail and growling in tribute to their blonde, bloodthirsty Viking ancestors. But this year the festival is expanding—raiding?—down from northern latitudes; more booths and more food vendors will include Vietnamese fare, gyros, Cajun food (try the alligator on a stick!), and even pizza! Though true Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians can enter the lutefisk eating contest. Among other family activities is a raffle offering a grand-prize cruise to Mexico, where there aren’t any fjords or icebergs in sight. On the Ballard Ave. music stage, the appropriately named Picked Herring will performing, along with The Raggedy Anns, the Dudley Manlove Quartet, and other bands. Even if you’re not of Nordic blood, there are plenty of horned helmets for everyone to wear. BRITT THORSON

Sat., July 25, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., July 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2009

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