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Cultural Demonstrations

Be amazed by the authentic culture that is kept alive at Norsk Hostfest. You will see everything from artisans creating handmade crafts, Scandinavian cuisine demonstrations at The Nordic Kitchen, live Viking role-playing at Viking Village, and some of the best Scandinavian Authors.


Being an artisan at Norsk Høstfest in Minot, North Dakota is a unique and rewarding experience. As an artisan, you have the opportunity to showcase your talents and skills to a diverse audience of visitors from around the world. Whether you are a woodworker, jewelry maker, or painter, the festival provides a platform for you to connect with potential customers and fellow artisans.

The festival’s emphasis on Norwegian culture and heritage adds an extra layer of significance to the experience. The opportunity to share your craft with visitors who share an appreciation for Norwegian traditions and customs is truly special. Plus, the festival’s lively atmosphere, delicious food, and exciting entertainment make it a fun and memorable experience for artisans and visitors alike.

Being an artisan at Norsk Høstfest is a chance to be a part of a rich cultural exchange while also showcasing your unique creative talents. If you’re an artisan looking for an opportunity to connect with a passionate and enthusiastic audience, Norsk Høstfest is an event you won’t want to miss.

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The Viking Village at Norsk Høstfest is a unique and exciting attraction that offers visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of Viking warriors and their families. The village is designed to replicate a Viking settlement and is complete with traditional Viking tents, cooking stations, and crafting areas.

What makes the Viking Village truly special is the live Viking role-playing that takes place throughout the day. Visitors can interact with actors who are dressed in authentic Viking costumes and watch as they go about their daily routines, such as weaving textiles or preparing food over an open flame. The actors are highly skilled and knowledgeable about Viking history and are happy to answer any questions visitors may have.

The Viking Village is not just a historical exhibit but an immersive experience that offers a unique opportunity to learn about Viking culture and history. Visitors to Norsk Hostfest should be sure to check out the Viking Village to experience this captivating and educational attraction firsthand.


The Nordic Kitchen cooking demonstrations at Norsk Hostfest are a popular attraction that offers visitors a chance to experience Scandinavian cuisine in a unique and exciting way. The demonstrations feature professional chefs who are experts in preparing traditional Scandinavian dishes, from smoked salmon to meatballs and everything in between. The chefs share their knowledge and techniques with the audience, offering tips on how to cook and serve the dishes at home. The demonstrations are not just informative but also entertaining, as the chefs are known to engage the audience with their humor and personality.

Visitors to Norsk Hostfest can expect to learn about the unique flavors and ingredients of Scandinavian cuisine while being entertained by the charismatic chefs. The Nordic Kitchen cooking demonstrations are a great way to learn about Scandinavian culture and discover new and exciting dishes to add to your culinary repertoire.

Previous Year’s Chefs

Stig Hansen

Born in Denmark and after 40 years abroad he is now living back in Denmark cooking for international guests at Hotel Randers. Hansen has been helping people across the world explore, discover or rediscover Danish culinary heritage. Learn how to dish up delicious servings of authentic Danish cooking with Old World recipes. He is the author of the award-winning cookbook: Cooking Danish, A taste of Denmark.

Patrice Johnson

Patrice Johnson is a self-described Nordic food geek and meatball historian. From lutfisk to waffles, she loves to spin traditional Nordic recipes into the modern fare. Patrice is the author of Land of 10,000 Plates: Stories and Recipes from Minnesota and Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions. She lives in Roseville, Minnesota with her husband and three rambunctious cats, and teaches Nordic cooking classes throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.

Kristi Bissell

Kristi Bissell is the founder of True North Kitchen, a Nordic food blog designed for the American home cook. She enjoys creating recipes that celebrate her Scandinavian heritage and that approach traditional Nordic ingredients in a modern, fresh and approachable way.

Kristi is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska. She attended the Institute for the Culinary Arts in Omaha and is a self-taught photographer. She is the food editor for The Norwegian American newspaper and a frequent contributor to Nordstjernan, The Swedish Newspaper of America. Kristi also teaches Scandinavian cooking and baking classes at the Vesterheim Folk Art School and the American Swedish Institute.


Author’s Corner at Norsk Hostfest is a special gathering place for book lovers and literary enthusiasts.

Author’s Corner provides visitors with the opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite authors, as well as discover new writers and their works. The authors themselves share their knowledge, experiences, and inspiration with the audience, through book signings, presentations, and Q&A sessions. Whether you are a fan of Scandinavian literature, history, or culture, or simply enjoy reading and exploring new ideas, the Author’s Corner at Norsk Hostfest is an excellent place to explore and engage with the world of books.


Bonnie Fite

Douglas Hoff

D. Sven Lindauer

Jeanne Cooney

Lindsey Undlin

Rory Foresman

Wayne Aarestad

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