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Crayfish Party IKEA

October 7, 2009

One of the things I love about being a foodblogger is getting suggestions on where to eat (and what to cook) from friends, family & readers. Unfortunately, with the rest of my life whirling around me at a rapid pace, it’s not often that I get around to everything I want to try nachrichtenblatt zum herunterladen. So I was amused and delighted in equal parts when my mother came bounding down the stairs, one weekday evening, to say that the W’s had asked if we would all like to go to a crayfish party IKEA on the 20th of August, and that I should probably bring my camera along download netflix episodes.

crayfish buffet

crayfish buffet

I arrive at just-before-6:30pm having flown from work to the train station, leapt off at Rhodes and (realising I was going to be early and not late) ambled down to the shopping centre lebenslauf vorlage zum ausfüllen herunterladen.

There is a queue at the entrance. It stretches from the opening to the mess hall and past the tubs of napkins, the first bedroom displays and all the way into the sofas ps4 systemsoftware 6.02 herunterladen nicht möglich. Scores of grinning people are clutching their pre-purchased $25 tickets and getting ready for the mad table rush. And I start to wonder how I’d not heard of this before mediathek streams.

the decorated mess hall

the decorated mess hall

The mess hall has been decorated with hanging lanterns and a bevy of crayfish related settings my talking tom kostenlos herunterladen. We are provided with crayfish bibs, crayfish napkins, and a printed booklet, filled with the lyrics to popular Swedish folk tunes.

For our money, we are given free reign over a buffet of cold crayfish, salads and bread, as well as two drinks vouchers that can be exchanged for a glass of wine, a beer or a shot of Absolut Vodka, with soft drinks available from the dispenser free of charge fehler beim herunterladen der topologie.

We are also greeted with a plastic cup containing ligonberry cordial, which I rather enjoy. And, after the crowds have been seated, I hover around the drinks desk hoping for a little more of it, which they gladly supply me with download current ios.

herring & crispbread

herring & crispbread

While we wait for our turn at the buffet, we snack on Citronsill and crispbread download dll file. I’m a big fan of fishy fish, and absolutely adore the sweet, pungent flavours of citrus infused herring on the shattering crispbread. Others, like my sister, are not quite as convinced, saying later “I feel like a cat Download fonts for free.

juicy red crustaceans

We start tentatively, the sister and I, picking up four little crustaceans on our way through the buffet. There is no dressing to go with the crayfish, but Mrs W has planned ahead and brought both chilli jam and sriracha, just in case.

They look sizeable, but, after pulling the head off and removing the fim tail flesh from its orange armoury, we find ourselves faced with four small bits of crayfish that are no bigger than a large prawn. Hm.

Our next attempts are more successful. We collect piles of the crayfish on a plate and collect a spare for the to-be-discarded heads. Soon enough, our table is overflowing with a sea of shiny red crayfish heads and we, having worked our way through our assigned drinks vouchers, are holding said heads up by their pincers and wriggling them around in each other’s faces.

daim cake with strawberries & cream

There is only so much crayfish a person can have before they are entirely “crayfish-ed out“. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot roller shutters being lifted, and, cognisant of the potential for a long and tiring queue, hot tail my way over there seconds before the call for desserts is made.

It’s a good thing I did, as the Daim cake is in high demand and the strawberries disappear quickly.

cheese plate & kids jelly cup

cheese plate & kids jelly cup

The jelly cups (which we later find out were intended for children only) are in even greater demand, and I am met with cries of surprise when I reappear at the table having snagged one from in amongst the assorted cheese plates before they are removed from the shelves.

Would I go again? Probably not. But oh, it was enjoyable! And definitely something I am glad to have partaken in. And the feeling was doubled as we left to the strains of twenty or so drunk Swedes singing folk tunes at the top of their lungs.

Note: IKEA’s annual Crayfish Party is held in August. Tickets go on sale one month beforehand in store – so keep your eyes peeled for next year’s event.

Ikea Rhodes
1 Oulton Ave
Rhodes NSW 2138
ph: (02) 8002 0400


  • #1
    October 7th, 2009

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  • #2
    October 7th, 2009

    Crayfish party! omg! what fun. and jelly cups should be shared amongst all people, regardless of apparent age 🙂

  • #3
    October 7th, 2009

    BYO sriracha, that is awesome!

  • #4
    October 7th, 2009

    Ooohhhh definitely worth trying once I think! Mmmm more photos of crayfish orgy plates tho please!

  • #5
    October 7th, 2009

    I never knew Ikea held crayfish parties! Sounds like heaps of fun 🙂

  • #6
    October 7th, 2009

    oh wow. wish i was there. i’d go on an eating frenzy! 🙂

  • #7
    October 7th, 2009

    Crayfish party AND Daim cake?! Need to stay tuned for next year’s…

  • #8
    October 7th, 2009

    Ooh this looks fun! I’d definitely try it at least once, if only because I’d want a kiddy jelly cup after all that crayfish heehee 😀

  • #9
    October 8th, 2009

    That’s a lot of crayfish! I like the sound of the cake… mmmm

  • #10
    October 8th, 2009

    OH MY FREAKING GODDD A CRAYFISH PARTY!!!!!!!!!!!!! This sounds and looks lots of fun!

    Those crayfish look hugeeeee! how many crayfish did you manage to eat?

  • #11
    October 8th, 2009

    Holy freaking cow! That sounds AMAZING! I now love Ikea even more! How much was this?

  • #12
    October 8th, 2009

    @Helen: Agreed. Especially when there are jelly-coloured Ikea spoons to eat them with!

    @Howard: That’s how we roll kid 😉

    @FFichiban: Y’know, I didn’t take that many. Mostly because my fingers were covered in sweet, briney crayfish juices.

    @Jacq: They only advertise it in store! It was so fun 🙂

    @Simon: I bet you would! 🙂

    @mademoiselle délicieuse: It is thing of beauty to be sure.

    @Steph: I was promised meatballs, but alas! Only for the children! Next time (if there is one) I shall bring a small child with me.

    @Anita: Bucketloads! And they kept replenishing the trays… using buckets!

    @Leona: They were probably about as long as my hand and I would have eaten maybe twenty odd? It was crazy I know, but they were so moreish!

    @Sophia: $25. But in Sydney, Australia!

Shez