festivus dinner

Festivus Dinner

To make your Festivus celebration fun and memorable you need to consider what you are going to serve on Festivus dinner. Usually, people impersonate the meals that have been shown on the Seinfeld episode “The strike” while others prefer to serve those dishes that they have seen on other episodes of Seinfeld and few people opt for the dishes which have been introduced in the original O’Keefe Festivus celebration.

The Seinfeld Festivus Dinner

What was featured in the episode “The Strike” was a Festivus dinner that was served in the evening. The highlighted meal was a meatloaf placed on a bed of lettuce. This dish also included sides such as peas and mashed potatoes. Although George Costanza’s boss, Mr. Kruger, drinking alcohol from a flask it was not served in the episode.

The Official Festivus Dish – Meatloaf

Meatloaf which is the official or traditional dish of the Festivus has a long story. In 1997, when the strike was aired this traditional meal for the celebration came to be known as “spaghetti or Meatloaf”. Primarily this dish was not recognizable when aired on television due to its bad quality people couldn’t identify exactly what kind of dish it was. They saw Estelle Costanza serving reddish food on top of a whitish base and to them, it looked like red spaghetti sauce on a bed of noodles while some thought it could be meatloaf, but what was the whitish element that was under the meatloaf. It just wasn’t clear. And with the arrival of clearer television, this got clear that these were slices of meatloaf on a bed of lettuce. Apart from this, a poll to get an insight into how people identified meat was initiated in 2013. 82% defendants answered for “Meatloaf”, 8% identified it as “Spaghetti” and 10% voted it for something else. This is how meatloaf marked its name on the top of the list of official Festivus food.

The Official Festivus Dish – Meatloaf
The Official Festivus Dish – Meatloaf

The “Real Festivus” Dinner

Now what Dan O’Keefe writes in his book “The Real Festivus” about the dinner is a little diverse. The original Festivus dinner in the O’Keefe household included a main course of turkey, ham, beef stew or lamb chops with pecan pie as dessert. Adults do enjoy champagne but very little detail is mention of alcohol. There have been indications of Daniel O’Keefe Senior’s adoration of “Pabst Blue Ribbon” beer, though there is no confirmation that this was his drink of choice at Festivus-time. Table etiquettes were very relaxed at the O’Keefe Festivus where children could even lick their plates and talk with their mouths full. Besides, the table was decorated with chocolate kisses, candies, and knickknacks, funny hats were worn. Unexpectedly, in O’Keefe’s book, there is no actual indication of “Pepperidge Farm” cake, which is often referenced as the Festivus dessert of choice. However, in Festivus! The Book Dan O’Keefe did confirm his mother’s penchant for serving a Pepperidge Farm cake decorated with M&Ms. He also labeled it to be a white cake with chocolate icing. This is how in real the Festivus dinner was in O’Keefe family.

Other Festivus Dinner Menu Options

People are not confined to serve the above-mentioned dishes only, rather they have a variety of picks and most people have fun serving the dishes of their own choice which they have seen on the Seinfeld episode. All the food items which were featured in the series in one or another episode have been listed below making it possible to have a wider variety of options.

Main Courses and Side Dishes

Main options of and side dishes include Big Salad, Marble Rye, Shrimp (the ocean called…), Bagels, Beefarino, Mutton or Pork Chops, Calzone, Chinese flounder, Kung-Pao Chicken (George likes his chicken spicy), Pizza (Make your own), Fusilli, Paella (Don’t make too much!), Pasta Primavera, Risotto, Egg Rolls, Very thinly sliced deli meat, Lobster (Preferably “Poached” Lobster, Crepes (Tightly wrapped), Gyro (Bought from a vendor on the subway platform), Cornish game hen and Home-made sausages.

Sandwiches

Festivus Sandwich
Festivus Sandwich

This list includes Atomic Sub, Tuna, and Tuna on toast and Chicken Salad.

Dessert

Festivus Dessert
Festivus Dessert

Black and white cookies, Chocolate Babka or Cinnamon (Lesser) Babka, Chocolate éclairs, Pineapple gelati, Wedding cake (Antique wedding cake), Huckleberry Pie (Cosmo’s favorite), Low Fat Yogurt and Jello with cut up bananas.

Snacks

Festivus Snacks
Festivus Snacks

Muffin tops, Poppy Seed Muffins, Bear Claws (Eat them in pairs), Pretzels, Pudding skins singles, Drake’s Coffee Cake, Chips Ahoy Cookies, Ring Dings, Airline peanuts, Non-Fat Yogurt, Large Block of Cheese (the size of a car battery) and Dip includes in this list.

Candy

Festivus Candy
Festivus Candy

Snickers, Oh Henry! Twix, Jujyfruits, Chunky bars, Junior Mints, Pez, Chinese Chewing Gum, and Tic Tacs.

Beverages

Festivus Beverages
Festivus Beverages

Beverages include Merlot, Ovaltine, Snapple, Bosco, YooHoo.

Fruits and Vegetables

Festivus Fruits and Vegetables
Festivus Fruits and Vegetables

They include “Mackinaw” Peaches, Mangoes, Hampton Tomatoes, Grapefruit, Steamed Broccoli, Plantains and Boxed Raisins.

Breakfast

Festivus Breakfast
Festivus Breakfast

It includes Corn Flakes, Kasha, Egg white omelet, Scrambled eggs with lobster. Condiments Ketchup and mustard in the same bottle, Maple syrup and Salsa are included in this.

Fast Food

Festivus Fast Food
Festivus Fast Food

Fast food includes Arby’s, Kenny Roger’s chicken and Papaya King Hot Dogs.

The list is quite long and people won’t hesitate when it comes to what to serve for the dinner.

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