Iceland Naturally invites Bostonians to celebrate Icelandic culture with the return of Taste of Iceland March 16-20! The annual, five-day festival highlights the best of Icelandic culture, showcasing the Nordic nation’s cuisine, music, art, film and literature. RSVP to this jam-packed weekend on Facebook, and don’t forget to share your experience with us on Instagram and Twitter by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteofIceland. Keep checking this page for updated information.
FOOD: Icelandic Menu at The Merchant | Mar. 17-20
Icelandic chef Siggi Helga from Grillið restaurant will fly to Boston to create a delicious Icelandic dinner menu at The Merchant with the help of American chef, Edwin Morales. One of Iceland’s premier chefs, Siggi currently oversees three restaurants, including Grillið, and recently coached chef Viktor Orn Andresson to a bronze medal at Bocuse d ́Or! Brennivin’s 2015 cocktail champion, Kári Sigurðsson, will also make the flight from Iceland to join the Merchant’s Bryan Ames in concocting unique cocktails featuring Iceland’s favorite vodka, Reyka Vodka, and aquavit, Brennivin, to pair perfectly with your dinner.
WHEN: March 17-20 | 4 – 11 pm
WHERE: The Merchant | 60 Franklin St | Boston, MA | 02110
RESERVATIONS: (617) 482-6060 | Online
MENU: 4 course meal
MUSIC: Reykjavik Calling at The Middle East | Mar. 18
Boston is proud to host the Reykjavik Calling concert in collaboration with WERS on March 18 at The Middle East in Cambridge. This Icelandic-American concert will feature Icelandic artists Fufanu, whose new album Sports just dropped on Feb. 3, and Mammút, who won best album of the year and best song of the year at the 2014 Icelandic Music Awards. The Dirty Dottys, Boston’s favorite pop-motown band will share the stage with Mammút and Fufanu. Admission to the free concert is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, so come early! (Must be 18+ to enter.) Not going to be in Boston on March 18? No worries, you can watch the concert from the comfort of your own home! Iceland Naturally will live stream the Reykjavik Calling concert over our Facebook.
WHEN: Saturday, March 18 | doors: 8:00pm | show: 9:00 pm
WHERE: The Middle East Downstairs | 472-480 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge, MA | 02139
Fufanu (Iceland) | Website | Facebook | Twitter |Youtube | Soundcloud | Spotify
Mammút (Iceland) | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Spotify
Dirty Dottys (Boston) | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Spotify
LITERATURE: The Write Stuff: How Iceland Inspires Lovers of the Written Word | Mar. 16
Celebrate Iceland’s rich storytelling tradition with a discussion led by Iceland’s First Lady Eliza Reid at WBUR. In addition to being first lady, Reid is also a Reykjavik-based writer and editor who co-founded the Iceland Writers Retreat. Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for creative minds, and Reid will focus her talk on what makes Iceland so inspirational for lovers of the written word. Attendees can learn about and discuss novels from highly-acclaimed Icelandic authors, as well as enjoy Icelandic food and drink at WBUR’s Events Room.
WHEN: Thursday, March 16 | 5:30 – 7:00pm
WHERE: WBUR | 890 Commonwealth Avenue | Boston, MA | 02215
HOST: Iceland’s First Lady, Eliza Reid
FILM: Shortfish: Iceland’s Premier Short Film Festival | Mar. 19
The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, is screening its short film program on March 19 at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly dubbed Shortfish, focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. The Shortfish screening at the Brattle Theater will feature six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner “Like it’s up to you” from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. Admission to the screening is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run for approximately 75-minutes with each short running between five and twenty minutes. There are no restrictions on these films, but they are not recommended for children.
WHEN: Sunday, March 19 | 12:00 – 2:00 pm
WHERE: The Brattle Theater | 40 Brattle St | Cambridge, MA | 02138
ART: The Icelandic Art Center Presents: Iceland’s Thriving Contemporary Visual Arts Scene | Mar. 17
Join Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, for a discussion on Icelandic visual arts. Björg Stefánsdóttir will offer insight into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene. Hear how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist driven community and The Icelandic Art Center. The Icelandic Art Center is the commissioner for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice biennale, exhibiting the current scene in Iceland. It´s an extremely important platform for Icelandic artists, to facilitate strong connections to international art professionals. This year, Egill Sæbjörnsson will be presenting Iceland at the Venice Biennale with two trolls in a work that he calls “Out of controll”.
WHEN: March 17 | 5:30PM
WHERE: The Kingston Gallery at SoWa | 450 Harrison Avenue | No. 43, | Boston, MA | 02218
HOST: Björg Stefánsdóttir
Win an Icelandic Prize Pack!
At each Taste of Iceland event you attend make sure to grab an event pin from the entrance of the venue for your chance to be entered into a drawing for an Icelandic prize pack! Enter by tweeting a picture of all your buttons to @IcelandNatural with the hashtag #TOIBostonChallenge by March 21. The more events you attend, the greater your chances of winning!
About Taste of Iceland in Boston
Taste of Iceland in Boston is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon, Visit Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial, Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Icelandic Provisions, Brennivin, Iceland Airwaves, The Merchant, The Middle East, Brattle Theatre, WERS and WBUR.
About Iceland Naturally
Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the services, products and culture of Iceland. Through events, promotions and online marketing initiatives, Iceland Naturally introduces Iceland’s creativity and natural wonders to North Americans. The group is comprised of Iceland’s top companies and organizations: Icelandair, Icelandic Group, Reyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland, Icelandic Provisions and the Government of Iceland.