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    March 01 2017

    Taste of Iceland in Chicago 2017

    Taste of Iceland takes over Chicago for the second annual cultural festival April 20-23!

    Chicago welcomes back Taste of Iceland for the second time April 20-23 to celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture. Chicagoans will have the opportunity to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine, enjoy Icelandic music at the Reykjavik Calling concert at Chop Shop & 1st Ward, and view and discuss Icelandic film and art during this four day festival. RSVP on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteofIceland and keep checking this page for updates!

    FOOD: Icelandic Menu | April 20-23

    Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson will fly to Chicago to collaborate with American executive chef James Lintelmann at Baptiste & Bottle. Named Iceland Chef of the Year, Viktor is one of Iceland's most prestigious culinary experts. He recently led the Icelandic National Culinary Team to a bronze medal at this year's Bocuse d'Or 2017 Finale! The two chefs will prepare a delicious four-course prix fixé menu for the event. Brennivin's 2015 cocktail champion, Kári Sigurðsson, will also make the flight from Iceland to collaborate with Baptiste & Bottle mixologist, Michael Fawthrop, to create unique cocktails featuring Iceland’s favorite vodka, Reyka Vodka, and aquavit, Brennivin, to pair perfectly with your dinner. Check back for more details!  

               WHEN: April 20-23 

               WHERE: Baptiste & Bottle | 101 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611

              RESERVATIONS: OpenTable | (312) 667-6793

    Don’t miss Taste of Iceland’s first cocktail class in Chicago! Led by Brennivin cocktail champion Kári Sigurðsson, and Upstairs at The Gwen’s lead bartender, this unique class will include hands-on tutorials on how to make several delicious cocktails. The recipes will combine traditional Icelandic concoctions with locally crafted spirits. The class is free and first-come, first-served. Must be 21+ to participate.

           WHEN: Thursday, April 20 | 5:30pm

          WHERE: Upstairs at The Gwen | 521 N. Rush St., 5 th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611

          COST: FREE

          RSVP: Eventbrite

    Music: Reykjavik Calling at Chop Shop & 1st Ward | April 22

    The Reykjavik Calling concert will take over Chop Shop & 1st Ward on April 22 in partnership with CIMMfest. Spend the evening with two of Iceland’s most talented bands Fufanu and Mammut as they play alongside a local act OHMME!(You must be 18+ to enter.)

               WHEN: Saturday, April 22 | doors: 7pm | show: 8pm

               WHERE: Chop Shop | 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago IL 60647

               COST: FREE

               RSVP: Eventbrite

               FEATURED ARTISTS:

                   Fufanu:  Website | Facebook | Youtube | Soundcloud

                  Mammut: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

                  OHMME: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

    FILM: Shortfish: Iceland’s Premier Short Film Festival | April 23

    The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, is screening its short film program on April 23 at the The Logan Theater. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly dubbed Shortfish, focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. The Shortfish screening at Logan Theatre will feature six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner "Like it’s up to you" from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. Admission to the screening is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run for approximately 75-minutes with each short running between five and twenty minutes. There are no restrictions on these films, but they are not recommended for children. Please bring your Eventbrite ticket to the theatre. You will be asked to exchange your printed ticket for an official Logan Theatre ticket. 

              WHEN: Sunday, April 23 | 4:00pm

              WHERE:  Logan Theatre | 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

              COST: FREE

              RSVP: Eventbrite

    ART: The Icelandic Art Center Presents: Iceland’s Thriving Contemporary Visual Arts Scene | April 22
    Join Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, for a discussion on Icelandic visual arts. Björg Stefánsdóttir will offer insight into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene. Hear how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist driven community and The Icelandic Art Center. The Icelandic Art Center is the commissioner for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice biennale, exhibiting the current scene in Iceland. It´s an extremely important platform for Icelandic artists, to facilitate strong connections to international art professionals. This year, Egill Sæbjörnsson will be presenting Iceland at the Venice Biennale with two trolls in a work that he calls “Out of controll”.

          WHEN: April 22 | 2:00pm

          WHERE: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | 412 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60603

          SPECIAL GUEST: Björg Stefánsdóttir

          COST: FREE

          RSVP: Website

    Win an Icelandic Prize Pack!
    At each Taste of Iceland event you attend make sure to grab an event pin from the entrance of the venue for your chance to be entered into a drawing for an Icelandic prize pack! Enter by tweeting a picture of all your buttons to @IcelandNatural with the hashtag #TOIChicagoChallenge by April 23. The more events you attend, the greater your chances of winning!

    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, Icelandic ProvisionsPromote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Iceland Airwaves, Iceland Music Export, 2112Baptiste & Bottle, Chop Shop & 1st Ward, Logan Theatre, CIMMfest and Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.

    About Iceland Naturally

    Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the tourism, services, products and culture of Iceland. Through events, promotions, and online marketing initiatives, Iceland Naturally introduces Iceland’s creativity and natural wonders to North Americans. The group is comprised of Icelandair, Icelandic GroupIcelandic ProvisionsReyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland and the Government of Iceland.

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