A Taste of Iceland in the Nation´s Capital

February 24. - 27. 2011

Washington, D.C. and the Mid-Atlantic Region Welcomes Icelandic Dining & Culture

The Greater Washington metro area will be hosting “A Taste of Iceland” from February 24th through 27th, 2011. The multi-day event will feature Icelandic music, cuisine, film and culture throughout Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD. The Mid-Atlantic region will get this sneak-peek of Iceland just in time, as Icelandair will begin its first non-stop service to Iceland out of Washington Dulles International Airport beginning on May 17th, 2011.

Area residents will have the chance to sample first-rate dining from two of Iceland's renowned celebrity chefs, jam to live musical performances by one of Reykjavik's up-and-coming bands, and catch the latest film release out of Iceland. The week's events will be hosted by DC Coast, Sushi Rock, Yellowfin and The Wind Up Space. Highlights for “A Taste of Iceland” include:

For a Minor Reflection (FaMR), the Icelandic band comprised of four 21-year-olds, hales from Reykjavik.  Their music is best described as energetic, melodious post-rock, though being the natural creative visionaries they are, the band expands and even subverts their style with almost every song.  FaMR, who “make ethereal, melody-soaked music with international appeal,” as described by Music Week, will play for the public in three live shows.  www.myspace.com/foraminorreflection

 Performance dates include:

  • When:   Thursday, February 24 – Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Sushi Rock, http://www.sushirockdc.com/
    1900 Clarendon Blvd – Arlington, VA  22201
  • When:    Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:00 p.m.
  • Where:  The Wind Up Space, http://www.thewindupspace.com/
    12 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Area foodies will be delighted by guest chef, Hakon Mar Ovarsson, when he visits DC Coast from Thursday, February 24 through Sunday, February 27. Chef Hakon, who serves as coach for the Icelandic Candidate at the Bocuse d´Or, is also acclaimed for his numerous gold medal wins in international cooking competitions. His diverse taste and award-winning talent have served him well as he's overseen many well-renowned kitchens during his illustrious career and welcomes the opportunity to bring traditional Icelandic ingredients to life in D.C.

DC Coast Restaurant is a re-birth of a classical Beaux-Arts style that has recently surfaced and surprised historians throughout the city. Head chef, Brendan Cox, leads the kitchen team creating a distinctly eclectic menu that mirrors the dining taste of Washington as described by Food Critic, Robert Shoffner for The Washingtonian. Visit http://www.dccoast.com/, or call 202-216-5988 for reservations. Viktor

Chef Victor Orn Andresson, head chef at Blue Lagoon's Lava Restaurant, just outside of Reykjavik, will be lending his cooking expertise to Yellowfin in Annapolis, MD when he visits from Wednesday, February 24 through Sunday, February 27th. The rising star in Iceland's culinary world will be visiting during the annual Annapolis Restaurant Week. He looks forward to sharing his signature international flair combined with his favorite Icelandic ingredients with those in Annapolis.

Yellowfin features a bright, contemporary interior, sunset views on the South River, exceptional service and award-winning food. The innovative décor lends itself to a casual happy hour, a relaxing fine dining experience, or a festive event in the private banquet area. For reservations, call 410-573-1333, or visit them at http://www.yellowfinrestaurant.com/.

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Patrons to DC Coast, Yellowfin, Sushi Rock and The Wind Up Space will have an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. The winner of the “Nightlife in Reykjavik” package will enjoy round-trip air transportation from Washington, DC (IAD), three nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, Scandinavian buffet breakfasts, round-trip airport/hotel transfer, “Let's Talk Iceland” show at Restaurant Reykjavik, three course dinner with admission to Ice Bar at Restaurant Reykjavik, a tasting at a local brewery and a Blue Lagoon visit.

Area movie lovers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the award-winning film, Mr. Bjarnfredarson, starring Jon Gnarr, comedian and Mayor of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.  A special screening of the movie will be held at The Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD (1711 North Charles Street www.thecharles.com ), on Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m.   The screening will be open to the public and will be free of charge.   The television adaptation follows an over educated know-it-all, who has just been released from jail for murder.  The movie combines humor, compassion and a unique visual style – making it one of this year's most talked about Icelandic imports.

Win a trip to Iceland

Win a trip to Iceland and experience the nightlife in Reykjavik.

The grand prize includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Washington, DC (IAD).
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik.
  • Scandinavian buffet breakfasts.
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfer.
  • “Let's Talk Iceland” show at Restaurant Reykjavik.
  • Three course dinner with admission to Ice Bar at Restaurant Reykjavik.
  • Tour of local brewery.
  • Blue Lagoon visit.