Despite being fairly tiny and fairly cold, Iceland is a haven for creativity. Maybe it’s because of the cold and lack of sunlight during winter that people retreat indoors and the ideas start flowing. Yes, most of us know about Bjork, but Iceland is so much more than her (even though she rocks!). And between March 17 and 20, you can get a taste of what the North Atlantic island has to offer during Taste of Iceland.
With events happening around Chicago, Taste of Iceland showcases some of the best of Icelandic food, music, movies and literature. Over the four days, you can check out:
- Cuisine: Award-winning Icelandic chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfússon, head chef at Blue Lagoon’s Lava Restaurant, teams with Cité chefs Oscar Ornelas and Chef Martial Noguier (Bistronomic) to prepare a four-course tasting menu with Reyka Vodka cocktails over four nights with stunning views of Chicago. Tickets are $70 a person and the menu includes arctic char, Icelandic free-range lamb and other surprises.
- Music: Chicago’s CIMM Fest and Iceland Airwaves Music Festival team up for the Reykjavik Calling collaborative concert at Martyrs’ March 18 to showcase top talent from Iceland playing alongside Chicago acts. Tickets are free but you need to register.
- Film: The Logan Theater will present a free screening of Icelandic Film “Rokk í Reykjavik” (Rock in Reykjavik) on March 19 at 3 p.m. featuring performances and interviews with iconic Icelandic musicians between 1981 and 1982.
- Literature: Eliza Reid, a Reykjavik-based writer and editor who helped found the Iceland Writers Retreat, will lead The Write Stuff, a look at why Iceland inspires so many great writers.