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Taste of Iceland Comes to Chicago

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Taste of Iceland, Chicago, IllinoisTaste of Iceland 2022, an annual celebration of Icelandic culture in North America, kicks off September 1 through 4, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois.

Throughout the weekend presented by Inspired by Iceland, locals can transport themselves to Iceland with a series of events inspired by, and in celebration of, the best of Icelandic culture through food and beverage, music, literature, films, and art.

Over the course of the four-day festival, and in partnership with local businesses in Chicago, and Taste of Iceland’s official partners, events will be hosted by Bistronomic, Martyrs, Logan Theatre, Yoga View, Wildwood Studio, The Exchange, and After-Words Bookstore.

Happening at Taste of Iceland

The schedule of events includes:

  • Culinary Experience with Blue Lagoon Iceland: Hosted daily starting at 5 p.m., from September 1 through 3, and brunch starting at 10 a.m. on September 4, at Bistronomic, 840 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago.

  • Reykjavik Calling Concert, curated by Iceland Airwaves, featuring Icelandic Musicians, Lón, RAKEL, Axel Flóvent, and DJ Hermigervill: September 1, from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m., at Martyr’s, 3855 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago.

  • Cocktail Class Presented by Icelandic top shelf brands, Reyka Vodka and Ólafsson Gin: September 2, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Exchange, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

  • Lamb Film Screening and Q&A with Director Valdimar Johannsson: September 2 at 8 p.m., at the Logan Theatre, 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.

  • Elemental Sound Bath with Jósa Goodlife: September 3, at 1 p.m. at Yoga View, Suite 200, 2211 North Elston Avenue, Chicago.

  • Secret of the Sprakkar with Iceland’s First Lady, Eliza Reid: September 3, at 4 p.m., at After-Words Bookstore, 23 East Illinois Street, Chicago.

  • Exploring Iceland with 66° North and Photographer Alex Strohl: September 3, at 7 p.m., at Wildwood Studio, 2138 West Roscoe Street, Chicago.

  • Wheel of Prizes presented by Icelandair: Held once daily, at various events (additional details below), participants will have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, including a trip for two to Iceland.

All events, aside from the Icelandic Culinary Experience at Bistronomic, are free to attend.

Register for tickets

Getting a ticket is sorta complicated, however. First, register for tickets at the event-specific pages within this link (you must be registered to receive early-bird access)
Then seven days prior to the date of each event, registered guests will receive an email to offer them early bird access to the ticket system to claim ticket(s) for guaranteed entry. The following day tickets will be available to the general public
To claim a ticket, you must follow the steps/directions on the site, until you receive the e-ticket and barcode for entry. Note: if you do not receive a barcode, you have not completed the process.

Note: Those who register after capacity has been reached can sign-up for the waitlis: 30 minutes prior to each event, waitlisted attendees will be granted access on a first-come, first-serve basis on location.

Arnar Pall SigrunarsonThe Icelandic Culinary Experience starts at 5 p.m.each day. Chef Arnar Páll Sigrúnarson (pictured, right), will work in partnership with Bistronomic chef, Martial Noguier, to design a three-course menu of traditional Nordic fare, inspired by some of the most beloved dishes at Blue Lagoon´s Lava Restaurant. The prix-fixe menu is $80 per person, with an optional curated wine or Icelandic cocktail pairing for an additional $40, per person. On Sunday, September 4, from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., guests can also enjoy an Icelandic addition to Bistronomic’s brunch menu.

Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling (312) 944-8400. The tasting menu for dinner service includes: Cod: Langoustine, avocado, brandade, lovage; Lamb: Rutabaga, mushroom, carrot; Skyr: Blueberries, Arctic thyme, oats

Brunch menu items include: Smoked Arctic Char: Geothermal Icelandic rye bread, Icelandic wasabi, cucumber; Skyr: Blueberries, Arctic thyme, oats.

A two-hour Icelandic Cocktail Class hosted by Reyka Vodka and Ólafsson Gin. DJ Hermigervill will welcome guests, and Ólafsson Gin’s Brand Representative and Mixologist, Tóta as well as Reyka Vodka’s Brand Representative, will make four different cocktails using the different Icelandic spirits. Attendees must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID to attend and consume alcohol.

Other stops: Seattle and Toronto

Following Chicago, the tour will continue on with additional stops in Toronto,Ontario, Canada, December 2 through 5, 2022,, and Seattle, Washington, October 14 through 17, 2022.

Taste of Iceland is an annual festival that celebrates Iceland’s vibrant culture. The festival is organized by Inspired by Iceland, a public-private communications platform owned and operated by Business Iceland that promotes Iceland, Icelandic products and services. It is presented in partnership with its members: Icelandair, Visit Reykjavík, Icelandic Trademark Holding, Reyka Vodka, Ólafsson Gin, Blue Lagoon, 66°North, Icelandic Provisions, Icelandic Lamb, Icelandic Glacial, Landsvirkjun, Kerecis, and Isavia Keflavik International Airport.

Looking for a different “taste”? Taste of Fulton Market takes place September 29, 2022, in Chicago.

(Image and photo courtesy of Inspired by Iceland)

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