Taste of Iceland makes its formal debut in the Windy City March 17-20 to celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture in conjunction with Icelandair’s year-round service out of Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning on March 16. Chicagoans will have the opportunity to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine, enjoy the famed Reykjavik Calling concert, view and discuss Icelandic film and more during this four-day festival. RSVP on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteofIceland and keep checking this page for updates.
Icelandic Menu | March 17-20
Icelandic chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon, head chef at Blue Lagoon’s Lava Restaurant, will fly to Chicago to collaborate with two chefs from Cité, Executive Chef Oscar Ornelas and Chef Martial Noguier. Thrainn has won numerous awards for his cooking and is the current coach of the Icelandic Culinary Team. Known for his innovative approach and talent, Thrainn is a leading authority in Iceland’s culinary world. He was named Icelandic Chef of the Year in 2007 and was awarded the silver medal for Scandinavian Chef of the Year in 2009. He will bring Icelandic cuisine to Chicago and work with chefs Martial and Oscar to create a cohesive (and delicious!) menu. Throughout the festival, bartenders Russell Stuebe and Peter DelaPena will be mixing up specialty cocktails with Iceland’s favorite spirits.
- WHEN: Thursday, March 17 – Sunday, March 20
- WHERE: Cité | 505 North Lake Shore Drive, 70th floor, Chicago, IL 60611
- RESERVATIONS: (312) 644-4050 | Online
- MENU: 4-course menu | Cocktail menu
- COST: $70
Reykjavik Calling | March 18
Reykjavik Calling, the famed Icelandic-North American collaboration concert, hits Chicago Friday, March 18. This concert, presented by CIMMfest and the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, will take place at Martyrs‘. Experience some of Iceland’s top musical performances, Axel Flóvent, Ceasetone and Beebee and the bluebirds, as they play alongside two local acts, The Claudettes and Dave Herrero and Jimmy Burns in a duo-performance. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be 21+.
- WHEN: Friday, March 18 | Doors open at 8:00pm | Show starts at 8:30pm
- WHERE: Martyrs | 3855 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
- COST: Free
- RSVP: Eventbrite
- FEATURED ARTISTS:
- Axel Flovent (Iceland): Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram
- Ceasetone (Iceland): Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram
- Beebee and the bluebirds (Iceland): Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram
- The Claudettes (Chicago): Website | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
- Dave Herrero (Chicago): Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Instagram
- Jimmy Burns (Chicago): Website
Screening of Icelandic Film “Rokk í Reykjavik” (Rock in Reykjavik) | March 19
Join Iceland Naturally for a screening of Rokk í Reykjavik, a documentary exploring on the expanding rock scene in Iceland. The film features a variety of performances and interviews with well-known Icelandic rock stars from 1981-1982. Admission to the screening at the Logan Theatre will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Afterward, join Sigtryggur Baldursson, managing director of the Iceland Music Export, for a Q & A session to learn more about the film and the current music scene in Iceland. Best known for his work with Björk and the Sugarcubes, Baldursson is also one of the owners of the music label Bad Taste (Smekkleysa).
- WHEN: Saturday, March 19 | 3:00pm
- WHERE: Logan Theatre | 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
- COST: Free
- RSVP: Eventbrite
The Write Stuff: Why Iceland Inspires Us to Put Pen to Paper | March 20
This literary event celebrates Iceland’s robust storytelling culture with a discussion lead by Eliza Reid, a Reykjavik-based writer and editor who helped found the Iceland Writers Retreat, an annual gathering for published and aspiring writers. 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. Eliza’s talk will be hosted in coordination with the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s ongoing Storytelling Series. Attend The Write Stuff and share your experiences from the event using #TasteofIceland and #IcelandWriters for the chance to win a signed copy of Bloodhoof!
- WHEN: Sunday, March 20 | 2:00pm
- WHERE: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s Drawing Room | 12 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
- COST: Free
- RSVP: Chicago Athletic Association Events
About Taste of Iceland
Taste of Iceland in Chicago is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon, Visit Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial, Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Iceland Airwaves, Martyrs, Logan Theatre, CIMMfest, Cité and the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
About Iceland Naturally
Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the tourism, 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 Icelandair, Icelandic Group, Islandsbanki, Reyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland and the Government of Iceland.