Be a ‘Dane for a Day,' in Solvang

Tickets for the Danish Days VIP package are available now.

IF YOU WERE TO EAT... an æbleskiver on the hour, every hour, starting about now, just ahead of summer 2018, and you popped your last pastry in your mouth just before leaving for Danish Days, in Solvang, which twirls from Sept. 14 through the 16th, how many small and perfect balls of jam-covered dough would you eat? There's no need to open the calculator app: You'd down well over 2,000 of the famous treats. That might make it seem like Solvang's costume-lovely, food-famous festival is still quite the ways off, but it is dancing this way rather quickly, and we're only, truly, a quarter of the year out. In fact, tickets are now on sale for a few of the popular events that fill the Danish Days schedule, so if you have your heart set on being a...

DANE FOR A DAY, well, you can secure one of those VIP tickets now, three months ahead of the vibrant village happening. The package includes a pair of tickets to one of the popular æbleskiver breakfasts, a pair of beer or soda tickets, a pair of Viking Burger tickets, and several other nifty items to have, such as "Win a Trip to Denmark" raffle tickets (a book, as in 10 tickets, is part of the Dane for a Day package). If you'd just like to make sure you have a spot at the Saturday or Sunday æbleskiver breakfast, well, those tickets are on sale, too, so don't delay, dessert lovers. A ticket for that breakfast starts at $7, and goes to $8 if you add sausage. And the Dane for a Day package? That's $55, so best start planning your authentic Danish wear, and your road trip to the splendid Santa Ynez Valley, now.

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