In North America Sep 23–26, 2015

Taste of Iceland in Denver 2015

Experience Icelandic food, music, films & more at this action-packed event from Sept. 23-26!

Thanks to everyone who attended Taste of Iceland Denver 2015!

Taste of Iceland returns to Denver September 23-26 to celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture. Visitors will have the chance to experience Icelandic food at Coohills, listen to an Icelandic-American music mashup, view a collection of Icelandic films and more during this four-day festival. RSVP on Facebook, join in the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteOfIceland and keep checking this page for updated information!

Icelandic Menu at Coohills | Wednesday, Sept. 23-Saturday, Sept. 26
Icelandic chef Ylfa Helgadóttir, chef de cuisine and owner of Kopar, will fly to Denver to collaborate with American chefs in the Mile High City. Ylfa has won numerous awards and is part of the national team of chefs. She loves finding unexpected combinations in her cooking. Ylfa will work with Tom Coohill, owner of Coohills Restaurant & Bar, three-time Taste of Iceland veteran and U.S. Chef’s Open winner, to create a unique and authentic Icelandic menu. Ylfa and Tom will be joined by Coohills’ bar manager Joshua Tallent, chef de cuisine Lucas Chandler and pastry chef Natalia Spampinato.

Reyka Vodka Cocktail Classes | Thursday, Sept. 24-Saturday, Sept. 26
Coohills bar manager and mixologist Joshua Tallent will lead a series of hands-on craft cocktail classes at Coohills Restaurant & Bar. Attendees will receive a demonstration on how to craft a variety of cocktails using Reyka Vodka and Icelandic ingredients as well as a quick look at the history of cocktails, what makes a great drink and more. Classes are free and attendance is limited to 24 per class. 21+ to participate.

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Reykjavik Calling | Saturday, Sept. 26
Reykjavik Calling, the electric Icelandic-American collaboration concert, hits Denver on September 26. This year’s concert, presented by KGNU, will take place at Hi-Dive and feature Icelandic artists My bubba and Mr. Silla paired with local musicians. Denver’s Martina and James of Land Lines will collaborate with Iceland’s Mr. Silla, and Natalie Tate and Anna Morsett will combine to perform with the Icelandic band My bubba. The concert is on a first-come, first-served basis. Must be 21+ or 18+ accompanied by someone 21+.

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Icelandic Film Festival at the Mayan Theatre | Thursday, Sept. 24
Join Iceland Naturally for a free Icelandic Film Festival at the Mayan Theatre at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24. Presented by the Reykjavik Shorts & Docs Festival, the festival is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.  Greta Olafsdottir, the director and producer of Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement and The Brandon Teena Story, will give an introduction to the festival and films and afterwards host a Q&A panel discussion about gender equality in the film industry. Greta will look to Sweden as a case study and discuss gender quotas and what can be done to improve gender equality in the industry. 


Program 1 – Icelandic Shorts (99 minutes) 
Good Night – dir. Muriel d’Ansembourg – 24 mins  
In A Heartbeat – dir. Karolina Lewicka – 10 mins
We Are Weather – dir. Maria Kjartans – 5 mins 
In Search of Livingstone – dir. Vera Sölvadóttir – 16 mins  
Pranam – dir Una Lorenzen – 6 mins 
Sonnet of Delirium – dir. Una Lorenzen – 5 mins 
Bon Appetit – dir. Helena Stefansdottir – 15 mins 
Kria – A Road Movie – dir. Dogg Mosesdottir – 18 min  

Program 2 – Icelandic Documentaries (48 minutes) 
You Have to Look Good – dir. Alma Ómarsdóttir – 22 mins  
The Last Thing – dir. Harpa Fonn Sigurjonsdottir – 11 mins
Holding Hands for 74 Years – dir. Sigriður Þóra Ásgeirsdóttir – 15 mins   

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Ólöf Björg Paints Modern Mystic Rune Portraits | Wednesday, Sept. 23-Saturday, Sept. 26
On September 23-26 from 3-7 p.m., Icelandic artist Ólöf Björg will be stationed outside Coohills painting Icelandic-themed portraits of passersby that people can take home with them free of charge. Participants will pick an Icelandic rune from a bag, and Ólöf will interlace the rune’s meaning into each participant’s unique, watercolor portrait. Click here to see portraits she has painted in the past.

The Write Stuff: Why Iceland Inspires Us to Put Pen to Paper | Wednesday, Sept. 23
Myths, magic and sagas – Iceland’s robust storytelling culture has made it one of the most coveted destinations for creative minds. Iceland boasts some of the most writers and published books per capita in the world, and Reykjavík is the first non-native English speaking UNESCO City of Literature. Eliza Reid is a Reykjavik-based writer and editor, and is one of two women founders of the Iceland Writers Retreat, an annual gathering for published and aspiring writers. Eliza will talk about what makes Iceland so unique and inspirational – both as a home and as a travel destination – for lovers of the written word. She will also share her experience as a woman cultural entrepreneur in Iceland, the country that ranks highest in the world for gender equality. Books by Icelandic authors will be on sale at the event.

About Taste of Iceland
Taste of Iceland in Denver is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon, Visit Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial, Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Iceland Airwaves, Coohills Restaurant & Bar, Mayan Theatre, Mercury CafeHi-Dive, and KGNU.

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.