NOW CLOSED: WIN a Scandinavian Midsummer Feast experience

 In Scandinavia, celebrating midsummer (the summer solstice) almost rivals even Christmas. Traditional folk music is enjoyed, maypoles are decorated and danced around and, of course, plenty of good food is eaten.

For the first time ever, the UK is holding the Scandinavian Midsummer Feast to celebrate – a fantastic foodie event spanning Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June in beautiful Somerset. Even better – we’ve teamed up with Peter’s Yard to give you the chance to win two tickets to it, plus an overnight stay at the luxury Treehouse at Harptree Court. Find out how to enter blow.

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NOW CLOSED: Win tickets to the London Swedes Crayfish Party

If you love Scandi cooking and produce as much as we do at Ocado, you should enter this competition.

We’ve teamed up with London Swedes to give away five pairs of tickets to their annual crayfish party. It’s a traditional (and somewhat raucous!) celebration of seafood – and London Swedes are holding theirs at Lisa’s, a fantastic Swedish restaurant on Portobello Road, on 28th August.

Image of Lisa's restaurant

Image of outside at Lisa's

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Julia’s Swedish Crayfish Party

Scandi fans and seafood lovers – you should really get on board with my favourite foodie tradition.

Crayfish picture

Growing up in Sweden, a highlight of summer was the traditional crayfish party called kräftskiva. These are held in Nordic countries every year, from early August to mid September.

The parties started in celebration of the crayfish harvest which, for much of the 20th Century, was limited by law to late summer. Eating and drinking is, naturally, the main focus of the parties – as you can tell from the snaps of this year’s fun.


Aside from the ugly red critters (usually served simply boiled and dressed with dill – delicious) there’s a strong Västerbotten cheesecrisp bread, herring, potatoes and salmon. And to drink we have snaps, which is a spicy vodka you drink in shots. Every time you drink you sing special snaps songs – these are taken very seriously!


It is customary to wear bibs (very important as the meal and the drinking progresses!) and funny paper hats. We also hang special paper lanterns called Man in the Moon.


Basically, it’s a wonderful excuse to get together and share lots of fantastic produce. If you feel inspired to host one yourself, you’ll find Västerbotten cheese, herring and a big selection of salmon in our Swedish Shop.

Hope I’ve converted you – have fun!

Julia, Creative

Thanks to London Swedes for the snaps