In Sweden, a tradition for crayfish was created after restrictions were implemented on the harvesting of the animal in the early 1900s. After these restrictions were brought in, the crustacean became a coveted luxury. Today, the tradition is still alive and well, and marking the start of the crayfish season is one of the largest event is the Swedish calendar.
In the annual celebrations to mark the start of the crayfish season there are events dishes and drinks served to suit all occasions celebrating the sought after culinary treat. On the 7th of September, Aquavit in London will be holding their very own traditional crayfish party, or Kräftpremiär. The restaurant will also be holding a number of different celebrations throughout August and September.
On the 7th of September the traditional event will be held outside of the Aquavit London restaurant. Guests to this event will be seated along two different communal tables, with the recently redeveloped St James Market offering an ideal alfresco backdrop for the traditionally Swedish celebration. There will be a collection of traditional decorations, a song booklet, up to 2 dozen crayfish and a range of different aquavits on offer from O.P Anderson.
Across August and September, Aquavit London will have crayfish on the amu for guests to try. The crustacean will be celebrated and be featured on the menu in the form of Crayfish with Västerbotten tart served with dill mayonnaise and watercress.
Aquavit London has been based in St James Market since November 2016 and works to showcase and celebrate the very best in Nordic cuisine and design. The restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and welcomes guests from breakfast through to lunch, afternoon ttea and Dinner. There is also an amazing bar that offer the ideal location for guests to sit and enjoy aquavit based cocktails until late evening.