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Taste of Iceland: Celebrate Icelandic Culture and Cuisine

Taste of Iceland: Celebrate Icelandic Culture and Cuisine

Taste of Iceland: Celebrate Icelandic Culture and Cuisine

Following the successful debut of Taste of Iceland in Chicago last year in tandem with the launch of Icelandair’s direct route to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, the festival returns to Chicago with a four-day program throughout the city taking place Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23.

Over the course of the weekend-long Iceland celebration, local Chicagoans have the opportunity to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine at Baptiste & Bottle learn how to craft quintessential Icelandic cocktails at Upstairs at The Gwen, enjoy the annual Icelandic-Chicago Reykjavik Calling concert at Chop Shop & 1st Ward, partake in an Icelandic artistic lecture at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, and attend an Icelandic short-film screening at Logan Theatre.

Taste of Iceland lends an experiential glimpse into the inspirational elements of Icelandic culture to all of those in attendance, and offers an activity for the foodie, the cocktail connoisseur (or casual imbiber), the concert-goer, the artist, and the movie buff in everyone. In celebration of the one year anniversary of Icelandair’s inaugural flight, attendees are encouraged to grab an event pin from the entrance of each venue for the chance to win an Icelandic prize pack. To enter, share a picture of the event buttons you collect with @IcelandNatural on Twitter with the hashtag #TOIChicagoChallenge by Sunday, April 23. The more events you attend, the more buttons you collect, and the better your chances of winning!

FOR THE FOODIE: TASTE OF ICELAND POP-UP MENU AT BAPTISTE & BOTTLE (Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23)

One of Iceland’s most prestigious culinary experts, Chef Viktor Örn Andrésson partners with Executive Chef James Lintelmann of Conrad Chicago’s Baptiste & Bottle to bring Icelandic cuisine to Chicago through a collaborative four course prix fixé menu available over the course of the four-day festival. Utilizing key Icelandic ingredients, Chef Andrésson and Chef Lintelmann assemble a limited time menu available Thursday, April 20 – Sunday, April 23. Baptiste & Bottle’s complete regular menu will also be available. Guests interested in making a reservation can call (312) 667-6793, or visit Open Table.

FOR THE COCKTAIL CONNOISSEUR: COCKTAIL CLASS AT UPSTAIRS AT THE GWEN (Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

In Chicago, getting a taste of Iceland goes beyond the plate. At the first-ever Taste of Iceland Chicago Cocktail Class held in partnership with Upstairs at The Gwen, sippers and toasters will learn how to mix up Icelandic cocktails with Reyka Vodka and Brennivin through a demonstration and hands-on tutorial led in tandem by Upstairs at The Gwen’s beverage team and visiting Icelandic mixologist, and Brennivin’s 2015 cocktail champion, Kári Sigurðsson. Combining the industry knowledge for mixing up traditional Icelandic concoctions with a tie-in to locally crafted spirits, the Taste of Iceland Cocktail Class invites Chicagoans to get behind the bar firsthand. Held at Upstairs at The Gwen from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, the class is complimentary with registration here. Attendees must be 21 or over. The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago 521 N. Rush St., 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611.

FOR THE CONCERT-GOER: REYKJAVIK CALLING (Saturday, April 22 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.)

In partnership with the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMM Fest, April 20-23 in Chicago), Icelandic-American concert known as Reykjavik Calling will feature Icelandic artists Fufanu, whose new album Sports just dropped on Feb. 3, and Mammut, who won Album of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2014 Icelandic Music Awards. Chicago-based experiment with voice, guitar, and sound, OHMME will share the stage with Mammut and Fufanu. This free concert takes place Saturday, April 22 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Chop Shop & 1st Ward; interested attendees are encouraged to register here to reserve their spot. Admission to this free concert is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and for those who can’t make it in person, Reykjavik Calling will be streamed through Facebook Live on the Iceland Naturally Facebook page. Guests must be over 18 to attend. Chop Shop & 1st Ward, 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.

FOR THE ARTIST: ICELAND’S THRVING CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS SCENE (Saturday, April 22, 2 – 4 p.m.)

With a population of just 340,000, how does Iceland continue to build upon a thriving contemporary art scene? Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, will hold a discussion on Icelandic visual arts, and how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist driven community and The Icelandic Art Center. Stefánsdóttir’s complimentary presentation is a part of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s ongoing Storytelling Series in the second floor Drawing Room. Interested attendees can complete their free registration for the upcoming event here. Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Drawing Room, 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603.

FOR THE MOVIE BUFF: SHORTFISH, ICELAND’S PREMIER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Sunday, April 23, 4 – 6 p.m.)

The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, is screening its short film program on Sunday, April 23 at the Logan Theater in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly dubbed Shortfish, focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. The Shortfish screening at the Logan Theatre will feature six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner “Like it’s up to you” from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. The program will run for approximately 75-minutes with each short running between five and twenty minutes. Admission to the free screening at the Logan Theatre will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP via Eventbrite here. Logan Theatre, 2642 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647.

Stay up-to-date on Taste of Iceland events happening in Chicago by following @IcelandNatural and #TasteofIceland on Twitter and Instagram and ‘Liking’ Iceland Naturally on Facebook. RSVP to this jam-packed weekend on Facebook and visit www.icelandnaturally.com to learn more about Taste of Iceland in Chicago. To follow along with Taste of Iceland news and updates, tune into Taste of Iceland’s official radio partners WLUW FM and WCSF FM.

ABOUT TASTE OF ICELAND
Taste of Iceland in Chicago is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon, Visit Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial, Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Icelandic Provisions, Brennivin, Iceland Airwaves, 2112, Iceland Music Export, WLUW FM, WCSF FM, Chop Shop & 1stWard, Logan Theatre, CIMMfest, Baptiste & Bottle, Upstairs at The Gwen, and the Chicago Athletic Association hotel.

ABOUT ICELAND NATURALLY
Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that introduces Iceland’s creativity and natural wonders to North Americans through the promotion in-market and online of Iceland’s services, products, and culture. The group is comprised of Iceland’s top companies and organizations: Icelandair, Icelandic Group, Reyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland, Icelandic Provisions and the Government of Iceland. Follow Iceland Naturally on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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