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We have a type of meal in Polish language called Swedish Table. I have heard it so many times as a child without knowing its origin. Swedish Table refers to a buffet style party where the guests are not having assigned seats but can take whatever they like from the main table serving various types of food. According to Wikipedia, it is equivalent to Swedish Smrgsbord. In other languages it is simply called Buffet. We took a guided tour of Zamość and we heard from the guide a funny legend which explains the origin of this type of party. I found that story on the website below, and I translated it with Google Translate. I am sure Gert will enjoy it.
In the photo you see a close up of the town hall.

The story happened at the time of the Swedish invasion of Poland, in 1656, when the troops of the Swedish king Charles Gustav were conquering Polish lands. The invaders were invincible, they achieved great success taking new territories. However, there were 3 fortresses that did not succumb to the Swedes. Zamość was among the three, apart from Gdańsk and Jasna Gra. Jan Sobiepan Zamoyski, the grandson of the city's founder, was the resident at that time. Swedish troops stood outside the city walls, which were well fortified and armed. Despite continuous fire, the fortress did not succumb. Karol Gustaw then resorted to deception. He informed Zamoyski that he would withdraw his army from Zamość and therefore he would like to eat a farewell meal with the brave defenders in the fortress walls. Sobiepan saw the Swede's trick. He knew that by letting the king's army in, he would lose the city, but hospitality demanded that such a distinguished figure be hosted. Jan Sobiepan Zamoyski ordered the tables to be set up outside the city walls, and the best drinks and platters with exquisite food should be put on them. However, there were no benches or chairs, so the king and his army had to eat standing up while holding plates in their hands.

From now on, the standing meal is called the Swedish table.

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