A Taste of Iceland comes to Chicago

A Taste of Iceland comes to Chicago
Shaking things up at A Taste of Iceland

A Taste of Iceland officially arrives in Chicago today.

Last night, the media was given a preview of what awaits visitors to Iceland at a special reception at the  Baptiste & Bottle restaurant.

Confit Artic Char with sea buckthorn, fennel and anise Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Confit Artic Char with sea buckthorn, fennel and anise Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Guests sampled the Nordic cuisine and spirits that are popular in Iceland, meet with representatives from the island and learned about the bargain fares that are being offered on non-stop daily flights from Chicago to Iceland on Icelandair with prices starting at $466.

For the next four days the public is invited to participate in programs throughout the city for the Taste of Iceland Festival Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8.

Here’s the schedule of events:

Savor authentic Icelandic cuisine at Baptiste & Bottle

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8

Chef Georg Arnar Halldórsson, one of Iceland’s most prestigious culinary experts, brings an Icelandic culinary adventure to Chicago along with his own culinary emphasis on New Nordic cuisine through the Taste of Iceland pop-up menu at Baptiste & Bottle.

The four-course prix fixe menu in collaboration with the restaurant’s Executive Chef James Lintelmann. The  is available exclusively over the four-day festival for $85 per person as well as the two Icelandic cocktails for $15 per cocktails.

Learn about the Culture and Interior Design of Iceland

April 5, 6 to 8 pm.

Immerse yourself in Iceland’s thriving design and architectural scene with a talk hosted by Halla Helgadóttir, Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre while enjoying an evening of refreshments with Iceland’s creative community at Marshall’s Landing.

Iceland Film Festival the the Music Box Theater

Saturday, April 7th, 11:30 to 1:30 pm.

The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, focusing on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers,  will screen six short films. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis at the Music Box.

Music of Iceland

Saturday, April 7, 7t0 11 pm.

The Icelandic-American concert known as Reykjavik Calling in collaboration with WLUW features Iceland artists JFDR, whose first full length album, was co-produced by Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, and Tom Waits, and Sturla Atlas, who has performed at just about every big stage in Iceland, including opening for two nights on Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour stop. Reykjavik Calling will also feature Chicago’s Ethan Butler, a singer and songwriter known for his unique, urban pop and rock sound, as well as his appearance on Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice. Enjoy the free Icelandic-Chicago Reykjavik Calling concert at Martyrs’.

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