With “Midsommar” (ignore the movie, it’s a million times less scary than that) on the horizon, we head to Värmland (yes, how apt) for a glimpse of the quaint Swedish tradition that dates back to the 1500s. At the heart of it all is a never-ending lunch party that involves a maypole, “frog dancing” and flower crown wearing (ok, maybe it’s a bit like the movie), with plenty of delicious cuisine and bottomless bottles of schnapps. For a glimpse of this Swedish quirkiness, you may want to follow Visit Sweden’s Facebook page.

Midsommar in Sweden is far less scary than the movie of the same title might lead you to believe, but it's still pretty quirky.
Midsommar in Sweden is far less scary than the movie of the same title might lead you to believe, but it’s still pretty quirky. Photography by Stefan Berg / imagebank.sweden.se

But with everything going on right now, a foodie project called Bordforen inspired by the way its founders had to adapt to deliver food to their elderly parents has sprung up just in time for the celebration – perfect inspiration for how you can carry on with celebrating, despite social distancing.

It’s called “table for one,” a unique dining experience offering up three-course food for guests who wish to dine, leaving it open to voluntary contributions, instead of the traditional bill. All proceeds go to charity and they plan to stay open throughout the summer.

For more on Varmland, fun Swedish traditions and to plan your next trip to one of the world’s most OutThere destinations, visit: www.visitsweden.com

Photography courtesy of Bordforen