Best of the Day: Midsommarmiddag Dinner – June 15, 2015

Celebrate the longest day of the year with Beacon Hill Bistro's Swedish summer solstice dinner, with Scandinavian fare like gravlax, pickled herring, and more. Skål!

Welcome to Best of the Day, our daily recommendation for what to check out around town. If you do one thing in Boston today, consider this.


In Sweden, for the summer-solstice celebration of Midsommarmiddag, citizens flee the urban bustle of Stockholm to take refuge in the countryside. It’s a time for reveling in nature, listening to dansbandsmusik, and dancing around the not-so-subtle pagan fertility symbol that is the maypole. Oh, and eating lots and lots of pickled herring.

Even if you can’t escape to the bucolic Scandinavian wilderness this summer, you can still get into the Midsommarmiddag spirit at Beacon Hill Bistro, which is hosting a special Sweden-inspired prix-fixe dinner all week long.

And because we’re celebrating Midsommarmiddag in modern-day Boston and not the winter festival of Fröblot in Sweden’s ancient Gamla Uppsala, no human sacrifices are required to attend this party—you need only shell out 47 bucks.

Here’s a sneak peek at the menu:

Gravlax Med Rödbetor Och Rågbrödssmulor
Gravlax with beets and rye crumble

Glasmästarsill Med Tillbehör
Pickled herring with baby potatoes, dill, and knäckebröd

Västerbottenpaj Med Inlagda Sommargrönsaker Och Tomatvinaigrette
Västerbotten cheese tart with marinated summer vegetables and charred tomato vinaigrette

Grillad Fläskfile Med Färska Ärtor, Rostad Persika Och Kantareller
Grilled Berkshire pork loin with summer peas, roasted stone fruit, and chanterelles

Mandelostkaka Med Jordgubbar, Mint Och Glass Med Smak Av Fänkål
Almond cheesecake with strawberries, mint and fennel ice cream

Wash it all down with Norway’s Linie Aquavit and Denmark’s Carlsberg Beer, available for purchase.

$47 per person, June 15-21, 5:30-11 p.m., Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston, 617-723-7575,