March 1, 2014
If St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland, who drove the grasshoppers out of Finland? If you’re thinking St. Urho, you’re right!
And if you’re thinking “wha….huh? What’s wrong with grasshoppers?”, don’t worry – you’re not alone. We’ll explain.
See, according to www.sainturho.com, grasshoppers were a big problem for Finland’s famous wine harvest. St. Urho drove them out by calling “Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen”, which means “grasshopper, grasshopper, go to…” well, since this is a family friendly blog, we’ll just say “h-e-double hockey sticks”. Hockey is important here up north.
Anyway, brave St. Urho, who may or may not have been invented in Minnesota in the 1950s, now has his own parade and holiday. The day is traditionally celebrated on March 16, immediately before that “other” saint’s festival, but this year the parade is held on March 15, since Saturday is a much better day for a parade.
We at Grand Superior Lodge never want to be accused of being pro-grasshopper (or anti-wine), so we are giving all our guests a free shuttle back and forth to the parade. We’re also providing our Around the World Wine Tour Weekend guests with an amazing Finnish spread at the Friday Night Reception:
Valkosipulikeitto – A smooth and creamy garlic soup
Porkkanalaatikko -Traditional winter carrot bake
Kaalikaaryleet – Finnish beef and cabbage rolls
Marjapiirakka – Lingonberry crumb pie
Tastings: Spirits from the Finnish region
Aquavit – an herb and spiced neutral spirit
Finlandia Cranberry Vodka
Finlandia Red Berry Vodka
Viking Fjord Organic Gluten-free Neutral Spirit
Tickets can be purchased here for either the full weekend or just the delicious wine dinner Happy St. Urho’s Day!