CHICAGO, IL - Chicago is set to be transformed into a hub of Icelandic culture from September 7 to 9, thanks to the Taste of Iceland Festival. Organized by "Inspired by Iceland," this three-day cultural extravaganza will span across various venues in the city, showcasing the best of what Iceland has to offer. From its delectable cuisine and soulful music to its enriching literature and cinematic wonders, Chicagoans are in for an Icelandic treat.
The festival's core mission is to bridge the gap between North America and Iceland by sharing and celebrating the latter’s rich traditions and culture. Local businesses in Chicago have joined hands with the official partners of Taste of Iceland, ensuring an authentic experience for attendees. Among the places where the events will be held include Bistronomic, After-Words Bookstore, Martyrs, Brooklyn Boulders, The Exchange, The Logan Theatre, and Yogaview.
What's more, the majority of these events are open to the public for free. However, to enjoy all the festival has to offer, event tickets are readily available on the Taste of Iceland Website. For those interested in savoring the prix-fixe Icelandic dinner at Bistronomic, reservations are a must. This culinary delight will be crafted by the combined genius of Martial Noguier of Bistronomic and Blue Lagoon Iceland's Head Chef, Arnar Páll Sigrúnarson.
In addition to immersing oneself in Icelandic culture, participants also stand a chance to win exciting prizes, including a dream trip for two to Iceland, courtesy of Icelandair's Wheel of Prizes. Those planning a trip to Iceland are in for a treat too. Icelandair is offering a special sale on roundtrip flights from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Iceland between September 1 and 9, with travel dates extending from December 2023 to March 2024.
The festival's itinerary is packed with events that promise a unique glimpse into Icelandic culture. The First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid, will discuss her critically acclaimed book, "Secrets of the Sprakkar." Music enthusiasts can revel in a free concert featuring the talents of JDFR and punk trio GRÓA. Movie buffs can enjoy the screening of "Beautiful Beings," Iceland's official submission for the 2023 Academy Awards®. Wellness enthusiasts can indulge in an Elemental Sound Bath with Blue Lagoon Iceland, followed by an Icelandic Provisions Breakfast Bar.
Taste of Iceland is more than just a festival; it's a bridge that connects two cultures, creating lasting memories and friendships. This annual event, supported by giants like Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon Iceland, and more, is a testament to Iceland's thriving culture and its appeal to the world.