Velkommen! (Welcome in Danish)

Emma Andersen
Meet Emma Andersen, 2013 Danish Days Maid

As part of the long-standing tradition, Danish Days festivities will be presided over by the Danish Maid—a highly coveted honor for a local young woman who is selected by Danish Days Foundation board members after reviewing  dozens of applicants. The 2013 Danish Maid is 17-year old Emma Andersen, a fifth-generation Santa Ynez Valley resident whose heritage in Solvang dates back to 1910, when her great-great-grandfather John Roth bought a ranch (now Pollyrich Farms) and relocated his family to the area. Emma lives in Los Olivos with her parents Ken and Allie Andersen and her three siblings and will be a senior at Dunn School in the fall.  See Emma riding on parade floats, making aebleskiver each morning and spreading good will to the thousands of visitors that come to Solvang for this festive occasion.
Emma Andersen’s Bio
Past Danish Days Maids

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2013 Danish Days Grand Marshals Announced


A popular treat during Danish Days, aebleskiver (Danish meaning apple slices) are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes crossed with a popover, aebleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. They are traditionally topped with powdered sugar and raspberry jam.

Aebleskiver Recipe and Background


A favorite during Danish Days, medisterpølse is a Danish specialty food consisting of a thick, spicy sausage made of minced pork stuffed into casings. The word Medisterpølse was first used in a Swedish housekeeping book from the early 16th century. It is made in one long piece and then cut up into sections before serving. In contrast to many other types of sausage, it is cooked or fried for the first time during the final preparation. The spices generally used are allspice, cloves, salt and pepper.


Win a Trip to Denmark and $1000 Raffle!

What: Round-trip airfare for two to Denmark plus $1,000 cash.

How: Purchase raffle tickets for $1.00 each at participating Solvang merchants (look for signs at cash registers) OR by mail by sending donation checks to Solvang Danish Days Foundation.

When: Tickets are on sale now and drawing is always Third Wednesday in October (this year, October 16, 2013)

Why: Help support the annual Danish Days celebration and preserve Solvang’s heritage.

Mange Tak!

Our 2012 Winner Was Tara Acosta, Porter Ranch, CA! Congratulations!


Danish Days Pins and Buttons


Purchase Danish Days Souvenir Buttons & Pins!

Buy during the weekend OR order by mail. Supplies are limited.

2013 Button = $1.00 each plus $1.00 shipping/handling.
2013 Pin = $10.00 each plus $2.50 shipping/handling.

Prior years’ pins are $12.00 each plus $2.50 shipping/handling.

Make checks payable to Solvang Danish Days Foundation and mail to:
Solvang Danish Days Foundation, P.O. Box 1424, Solvang, CA 93464-1424

More About Danish Days Collector Pins
Designed by Danish Days Foundation board member Rick Marzullo, the 2013 limited edition enamel pin is the eleventh in the series and celebrates the passing of traditions between all generations. A maid in Danish folk dance costumes hands a Dannebrog (the national flag of Denmark) to a young boy amidst a backdrop of Solvang’s traditional Danish architecture.

Be sure to look for other special Danish Days souvenirs which are only available during the festival weekend. All proceeds from the button, pin, apparel and souvenir sales go directly into supporting the Danish Days Foundation and preserving Solvang’s heritage. Mange Tak (Many Thanks in Danish) for your support !