Fjordin’Crossin’ recreates a Nordic tradition on Hood Canal

This Saturday, June 24, the Hardware Distillery is sending a barrel of aquavit across the Hood Canal on a boat at an event called Fjordin’Crossin.’ This event celebrates the old Scandinavian tradition of barrels of Aquavit sailing from Norway to Australia and back again. The Hardware Distillery’s aquavit will sail from Hoodsport to Tahuya and back again.

The barrel of aquavit will start its journey in Lee Geist’s boat, the Twanoh, departing from the Hoodsport Dock at 11 a.m. If all goes well, it should return by 1 pm.

The Paddle the Canal race sponsored by Hood Canal Events will follow the departure of the Twanoh. All kayaks, canoes, SUPs and other non-motorized watercraft are invited to join the race, which will depart from the beach at the Hoodsport Dock. The race is a three-mile course, and there will be prizes. The cost of registration is $25, and can be done at hoodcanalevents.com or call (360) 710-7452.

If you would like to enjoy the Aquavit send-off and the Paddle the Canal race from the comfort of the Lady Alderbrook, she will be departing the Alderbrook Dock at 10 am, and sailing toward the Hoodsport Dock to view the event. A special cocktail made from the Hardware Distillery’s Dill Aquavit, the same Aquavit that will be crossing the Fjord, will be served to toast the departure. The Lady Alderbrook will return to the Alderbrook Dock at noon. The cost is $35, and reservations can be made at BrownPaperTickets.

A genuine Maine Lobster Boat will be at the Hoodsport Dock and part of the festivities. The boat may be hired to bring up to 6 persons from nearby docks, and for cruising during the day. Contact Hoyle Hodges at (360) 701-3512.

Right at the Hoodsport Dock, there will be several local food vendors, plus Tumble Swede from Ballard. If you have been wondering where you can find a herring sandwich or a Swedish Disco Dog, look no further, they will be available at Tumble Swede.

South Sound Oysters from Shelton will have freshly harvested oysters. Enjoy delicious triploids fresh from their beach. If the tide cooperates, they will also have a MESS touch tank for children.

The Union City Market, known for their innovative culinary, is making a specialty soup for the event. It will be a wonderful surprise.

The Hoodsport Coffee Co. will be at the Dock with their espresso machine, serving all of your favorite coffee drinks.

The Distillery will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will serving samples of their aquavit all day. The Distillery is a very short walk from the Dock. When the barrel returns, it will be opened, and the spoils of its journey enjoyed.