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Syttende Mai - Fårikål from Norway

Oslo, Norway, May 17, 2022 – The "Syttende Mai" is the National Day of Norway; its constitution was signed at Eidsvoll on 17 May 1814. It declared Norway to be an independent kingdom in an attempt to avoid being ceded to Sweden after Denmark–Norway's devastating defeat in the Napoleonic Wars.

A noteworthy aspect of the Norwegian Constitution Day is its very non-military nature. The Norwegians like to call it The Children's Day, and even the smallest villages have parades of children shouting "Hurra!", waving flags and singing songs together with marching brass bands. There is a general rule that applies on this particular day: children can have as much ice-cream and sausages as they want. An estimated 20 million hot dogs are sold during the 17 May week, and Norwegians eat between five and 10 times as much ice cream on that day than on any other day of the year.


The national dish of Norway, Fårikål, is a hearty mutton and cabbage stew, typically served with boiled potatoes. The list of ingredients is scarce, the preparation simple: cabbage and mutton are layered in a big pot along with black peppercorns, salt (and, in some recipes, wheat flour to thicken the sauce), covered with water and simmered until the meat is very tender. Traditionally, Fårikål was a seasonal, autumn dish, but today it is eaten throughout the year.

Fårikål Feast Day is celebrated on the last Thursday in September each year.
The list of Fårikål ingredients is scarce: only mutton, cabbage, salt, pepper, and water, although some recipes call for the broth to be thickened with flour.

On September 29, 2012, Guinness World Records approved the World Record of making the largest portion of fårikål ever. The result was 594.2 kg fårikål, prepared to be finished at the same time, consisting of 60% lamb and 40% cabbage. The event happened in Spikersuppa, Oslo, Norway, and there were 10,000 guests present.


Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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