Friday, September 17, 2010
History lives on in the world of Retro Dining Clubs in California. The blog Obvious Winner recently carried a story about a group in LA called the Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings. According to the piece: "A man named Tony Swatton is the leader of the brigade and says 'Vikings eat pirates and shit ninjas!'" The group has a facebook page here, with many more photos of their exploits. Evenings include Hammerfest XIV, hosted by the California Blacksmith Association, where dinner and pillage are combined with demonstrations by master Hollywood props and swordsmakers, who preserve near-lost traditions of craftsmanship. Oktoberfest is also big on the social calendar. The Dining Vikings are only the tip of the iceberg. There is a burgeoning set of American Viking festivals, such as the Ashville Viking Festival in Ohio; Vista, California; and Central California; most seem to have grown out of local Scandinavian folkfests. AOL has also covered the group here.