Monday, July 19, 2010

Putrefied Skate

From today's Iceland Review:
Skate Served St. Thorlákur’s Mass in Summer

A skate “mass” will be celebrated at Gardur on Reykjanes peninsula, southwest Iceland, tomorrow, St. Thorlákur’s Mass in summer. Putrefied skate is traditionally eaten on St. Thorlákur’s Mass in winter, December 23, and this is a new tradition.

In addition to skate, salt fish and salted fish cheeks will be served and various performances will take place during dinner, which is a charity initiative, Morgunbladid reports.

Ásmundur Fridriksson, mayor of Gardur and the skate celebration’s organizer, said 240 people have already confirmed their attendance and he is expecting 300 guests in total—a full house.

“We who like skate use every opportunity to eat it and therefore this celebration has become very popular,” Fridriksson explained.


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