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Taste of Iceland, an annual festival that celebrates Iceland culture, has announced, for the first time ever, that it is going virtual from November 18 - 22. In the wake of the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held entirely online to safely bring people across North America together to experience what Iceland has to offer. The five-day festival will highlight Iceland’s culture, including cuisine, music, literature, film, and more through a variety of free livestreamed events. Participants can bring Iceland into their homes throughout the festival by entering to win prizes from Icelandic brands, learning new Icelandic cooking and cocktail recipes, and streaming Icelandic music. Taste of Iceland in North America will be streamed from several cities around the world, including: Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Reykjavik. 

This year’s Taste of Iceland will mark five years of the festival In Chicago. In celebration of this milestone, Chef Paul Virant (Gaijin, Vie, and Vistro), James Beard Award Finalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes, takes the virtual festival stage as one of Taste of Iceland 2020’s featured chef partners. Employing his philosophy of local, seasonal eating, Chef Paul will incorporate Icelandic ingredients into a free, live cooking demonstration on Friday, November 20 at 4pm central. Tune in here:

A variety show will stream directly from Seattle to showcase an array of Icelandic culture on Saturday, November 21. Produced by KEXP, Reykjavík Calling will be a celebration of Icelandic music and culture, featuring performances from Icelandic and US-based musical groups, cooking demonstrations and more.

Event Details

November 18-22

Woman At War Screening | Free

The Icelandic film Woman at War will be available online from 12:00pm ET on November 18 through 4:00pm ET on November 22. Viewers can watch the film by clicking here to register for their free ticket by November 18 at 12:00pm ET. Tickets will be sent via email and will be valid for the entire weekend. And be sure to tune into a Q+A discussion with Woman at War director Benedikt Erlingsson on Sunday, November 22 at 4:00pm ET.

November 18-21

Western Icelanders Series | Free

Tune in to the four-part series on Icelandic history and culture, Western Icelanders. Each day at 1:00pm ET from Wednesday, November 18 through Saturday, November 21, viewers will be offered a new episode on Iceland Naturally’s Facebook page that explores influential Icelanders throughout history.

November 18

Boston Cooking Demonstration and Cocktail Takeout

5:00pm ET | Create Gallery and Cocktail Lounge | 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville, MA 02143 | Facebook

Calling all foodies and chefs - join Chef Louis DiBiccari of Create Gallery and Cocktail Lounge in Boston as he presents a cooking demonstration of an Icelandic-inspired dish. For those in the Boston area, visit Create Gallery and Cocktail Lounge from November 18-22 to grab cocktails to-go and bring a taste of Iceland to your own kitchen.

The Inspiration for the Retreat’s Experience and Interior Design | Free

8:00pm ET | Facebook

Participate in an online discussion with Sigurdur Thorsteinsson, Blue Lagoon’s Chief Brand Officer since 1997, to learn more about the wellness-driven and human-centered approach that inspired the design of the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland.

November 19

Cooking Class with Icelandic Brand Seafood | Free

5:00pm ET | Facebook

Tune in for a livestreamed cooking class to learn how to make two Icelandic Brand seafood dishes - Smoked Salmon Blintz and Miso Marinated Icelandic Cod Loin. With over two decades of experience in the food industry and a vast array of experience working in restaurants, hotels, bakeries, entrepreneurial ventures and all things culinary, Chef Graham of High Liner Foods seeks to share his true passion of cooking and seafood. 

Literature and Music Discussion: On Time and Water | Free

9:00pm ET | Facebook

In partnership with the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, author Andri Snær Magnason and singer-songwriter Högni combine forces in a special presentation featuring storytelling, images, old films, and science. Following the presentation, stick around for a live Q+A moderated by Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe.

November 20

Chicago Cooking Demonstration | Free

5:00pm ET | Facebook

Live from Chicago as James Beard Award Finalist, Chef Paul Virant of Gaijin, Vie, and Vistro restaurants demonstrates a seasonal dish inspired by Icelandic cuisine.

Cocktail Class with Reyka Vodka | Free

8:00pm ET | Facebook

Join Reyka Vodka mixologist Trevor Schneider for a  Facebook Live class to learn about the flavors that make a cocktail  Icelandic, and make an Icelandic Espresso Martini, a Reyka 5:1 Martini, and an Icelandic Mule. This is a 21+ event.

November 21

KEXP Presents Reykjavík Calling | Free

5:00 - 6:30pm ET | KEXP YouTube

KEXP is presenting Reykjavik Calling, a celebration of Icelandic music and culture. During the 90-minute show hosted by KEXP’s Kevin Cole and Icelandic writer and speaker Bergur Ebbi, tune in for a live concert with performances by Icelandic artists Kristín Anna and Supersport! and Seattle artist Tomo Nakayama. Viewers will also be offered a presentation of Iceland’s  cuisine from Chef Þráinn of Sümac restaurant. The show will also feature Icelandair’s Wheel of Prizes, which will have three first prize winners and one grand prize winner selected live. The grand prize will be a trip to Iceland. 

Live from Reykjavík with Mammút | Free

8:00pm ET | Facebook

Presented by Iceland Airwaves, tune in at 8:00pm ET on November 21 for a special rebroadcast of Icelandic rock band Mammút’s concert from Live from Reykjavík 2020.

November 22

Q+A with discussion with Woman at War director Benedikt Erlingsson | Free

4:00pm ET | Facebook

After viewers stream Woman at War, participate in a live Q+A session moderated by Tomris Laffly with film director Benedikt Erlingsson.


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