In North America Oct 10–13, 2012

Taste of Iceland in Seattle 2012

Experience Icelandic culture October 10-13

Thank you to everyone who came out for Taste of Iceland in Seattle 2012!

Seattle residents will get a taste of what life is like in Iceland with a weekend of Icelandic food, music, and art! A Taste of Iceland in Seattle is a free four-day event that celebrates the best of the country’s culture and lifestyle.

Schedule of Events

Icelandic Menu at Staple & Fancy | October 10-13

Enjoy authentic Icelandic food at Staple & Fancy Restaurant, where Icelandic Chef Hákon Már Örvarsson, Bocuse d’Or recipient and World Culinary Cup winner, will collaborate with Ethan Stowell to offer Seattle-area diners a special four-course Icelandic menu showcasing the best of Nordic cuisine.

The Icelandic menu also features the delicious Smoking Bay Cocktail: Icelandic Reyka Vodka, lemon, caraway and garnish.

Reykjavik Calling at Neumos | Friday, October 12 at 8 PM | FREE

Reykjavik Calling returns to Seattle for a third year of exciting performances by some of the best musicians and bands emerging from Seattle and Iceland. This event of cross-cultural musical exploration has struck a chord with Seattleites in past years. This year, the FREE show at Neumos will feature performances from:

Presented by KEXP 90.3, fans can once again expect a truly unique night of music, with a new twist. In an effort to explore creative ways for these two distinct cultures to collaborate, each headlining band will be paired with a notable author who will be writing lyrics for a song that the band will premiere at Reykjavik Calling. Apparat Organ Quartet will be working with Seattle author Ryan Boudinot and a local Seattle band will be paired with Reykjavik-born poet and novelist Sjón.

Admission to Seattle’s third annual Reykjavik Calling is 21+ and FREE to the public until capacity is reached. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Art Exhibit at Nordic Heritage Museum | October 12 – November 11

Discover Icelandic history when you visit “Fabulous Iceland: From Sagas to Novels – Portraits of Contemporary Icelandic Authors” at the Nordic Heritage Museum.  Through a series of interviews, journalist Pétur Blöndal asked 23 contemporary Icelandic authors to describe their relationships with Icelandic literary traditions and the influence these traditions have on their work. The result is an Icelandic literary history, distilled into individual short stories and coupled with portraits taken by Kristinn Ingvarsson.

The Nordic Heritage Museum invites the public to join an opening celebration on Thursday, October 11, at 5 p.m. Fabulous Iceland exhibition creator and journalist Pétur Blöndal will join Professor Christine Ingebritsen, Director of the Center of Western European Studies at the University of Washington, for an engaging panel discussion on the literary creative process and differences between literary traditions and history across cultures. Exhibition admission is $6 for adults, and attendees are invited to mingle and enjoy cocktails and appetizers from 6 to 8 p.m.

A Taste of Iceland is presented by Iceland Naturally, in cooperation with IcelandairReyka Vodka66° NorthBlue LagoonIcelandic Glacial WaterVisit IcelandStaple & Fancy , NeumosNordic Heritage Museum and  KEXP 90.3.

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