IKEA is throwing a Swedish crayfish party, and you're invited

Most of us know IKEA as that place where you eat a bunch of meatballs, then take a nap in a fully furnished bedroom. But on August 15th, the Swedish megastore is blowing out its usual food staples with an all-you-can-eat crayfish (or, as more people know them, crawfish) extravaganza.

Throwing crayfish parties in August is an old Swedish tradition, since national laws used to restrict fishing season to the late Summer only. IKEA has been keeping the custom alive for the past few years with a ticketed buffet full of foodstuffs like cheese pie, cucumber salad, meatballs, and the centerpiece crayfish. Adults can get in on the action for $12.99, while kids 12 and under are $4.99, but if you're an IKEA "Family Member", the prices drop to $9.99 and $2.49, respectively. You'll have to grab your ticket at your local IKEA's restaurant, but seeing as your old Nyöpfjord sofa is looking pretty shabby, you're due for a visit anyway.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist, and has gotten lost in IKEA more times than she cares to admit. Follow her through the warehouse at @kristin_hunt.