A Taste of Iceland returns to the Pacific Northwest this fall, bringing Icelandic cuisine and music to Seattle October 10-13, 2013.The four-day festival is sponsored by Iceland Naturally and produced locally in partnership with Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge, KEXP 90.3 FM, Neumos and the Seattle Weekly. The series of events will showcase the best of Icelandic culture, music and cuisine -- including the free Reykjavik Calling concert on October 12.
Seattle and Reykjavik have been Sister Cities since 1986, the same year as Reykjavik's bicentennial. With the third largest Icelandic community in the United States, Seattle has had numerous cultural and educational exchanges with Reykjavik over the years. And with Icelandair's non-stop service between Seattle and Iceland now in its fifth year, it's easier than ever to get there.
This year, A Taste of Iceland invites diners to get acquainted with Icelandic cuisine at Tom Douglas' Dahlia Lounge. Dahlia's executive chef Brock Johnson and guest Icelandic chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson will be creating an exclusive new Nordic menu featuring ingredients sourced directly from Iceland. Music is also a key element of the festival, and some of Iceland's most talented musicians will take the stage at Neumos during the fourth annual Reykjavik Calling showcase. All events are open to the public. For more information and a complete schedule, go to the Iceland Naturally website.
Icelandic Menu - Dahlia Lounge October 10-13
Award winning Icelandic chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson joins Dahlia Lounge executive chef Brock Johnson to develop an authentic Icelandic menu. The pre-fixe Nordic menu features such ingredients as wild caught cod, free-range lamb and Icelandic skyr sourced directly from Iceland. The four-course menu is $65, and diners have the option to order signature cocktails to complement their meals using Iceland's small-batch Reyka Vodka. Chef Vigfusson has gained international acclaim as head chef of LAVA Restaurant, located at Iceland's Blue Lagoon. He was Icelandic Chef of the Year in 2007, won the One World culinary conpetition in 2008, and is currently the captain of the Icelandic National Culinary Team.
Reykjavik Calling - Neumos - October 12 at 8 PM
Also returning for the fourth year is one of the area's celebrated annual musical showcases. The free evening concert, for 21+, combines the unique elements of Iceland's burgeoning music scene with the Seattle sound known and loved by locals. Presented by KEXP 90.3 FM, this year's music bill includes Icelandic musicians Sin Fang, Hermigervill and Borko; and Seattle musicians Kithkin, Vox Mod and Kaylee Cole. Neumos, 925 E. Pike Street, Seattle 98122.
Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization promoting the tourism, services, products and culture of Iceland. It promotes the essence of Iceland, its creativity and natural wonders. The group is comprised of Icelandair, Icelandic Group, Islandsbanki, Reyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, 66 NORTH, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Promote Iceland and the Government of Iceland.