Krumkake Demonstration/Sale at Nordic Fest

Decorah will be celebrating its Norwegian heritage with its 54th year of Nordic Fest. Good Shepherd will also be preparing for their annual Krumkake Fest! Did you know that Good Shepherd has been participating in this event all 54 years?

Our first project in 1966, and for several years thereafter, was a quilt display here at Good Shepherd along with a Konditori (coffee shop) that served sweet soup, a variety of Norwegian cookies and coffee. The quilt display later moved to the high school. Then we were given a booth in front of the Bank of the West and began making and selling krumkake using a favorite recipe from one of our charter members (Doris Klocke). As you know, we make great quantities at church in advance and also go into production during the Fest with a live demonstration in the lobby of the bank. Gluten-free krumkake has been offered the last four years thanks to the efforts of Pastor Amy, Sara Hanssen and Kathryn Thompson. These are very much appreciated by the Nordic Fest visitors.

We have made and sold thousands of those tasty, crumbly Norwegian treats through the years. In 2019, we came up with a net income of over $2,600. These monies were given to Aase Haugen Homes, CNA and Seminary scholarships, GS mission assistance fund and Path to Citizenship, missionary support, Decorah Free Clinic and Community Food Pantry, EWALU, Helping Services of NEIA, YAGM, LWR and LSI.

Planned by WELCA, the Krumkake demonstration and sale is an all-congregation event. Although this project is a fundraising event we’ve found that it is a wonderful fellowship opportunity for all (families, men, women and children) working together baking, demonstrating and selling those little cone-shaped cookies. All ages are invited to participate and no experience is necessary.

We will be baking at church the full week before the Fest starts, July 10-16, plus a gluten free day on July 19th (see church calendar for schedule). We will also be preparing the batter on Friday afternoon July 9 at 1:00 pm.

We will have a Krumkake Sunday on July 11. On this day we will have a baking demonstration and give you an opportunity to try your hand at baking! Krumkake will be available to taste on the table during Fellowship Hour. We will also put Good Shepherd labels on the baggies that are used for packaging. This is another fun “all congregation” event as every table is given labels and baggies to prepare.



In order to comply with health regulations, we will make all the krumkake batter at church. We are asking for donations (ingredients or cash) for preparing the batter. Sign-up sheets are available at the church. Please have the ingredients to the church by the morning of July 9.

9 sessions are planned at church, or you may want to bake at home or with a friend. Recipes will be available if

you wish to bake at home. Come when you can and work only as long as you want. Bakers and rollers can sit down while working. If you are new to the krumkake baking experience, we will teach you (very easy to learn).


Selling at the Booth (3 hour shifts, stools available for sitting down) Demonstrating during Fest (2 1⁄2 hour shifts in lobby)

As you see, there are several volunteer opportunities to choose from. Look for sign-up sheets for the various tasks on the table in the Narthex and also sign up for Booth sales and demonstrations on-line with the Sign-up Genius. If you have questions, contact Doris Barnaal, Ann Naslund, Bev Sheridan or Carrie Solberg.

P.S. Through the years we have worn out some of Good Shepherd’s krumkake irons and are now interested in purchasing a used iron in good condition. Please let the committee know if you have an extra iron. Thank you.