TASTE OF ICELAND Takes Over the Nation’s Capital March 19-22

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Immersive Icelandic festival showcases the culture’s food, cocktails, music, film and literature for four days.

Taste of Iceland is coming back to Washington D.C. - after an eight year hiatus - with traditional Icelandic food, cocktails, music, literature and a critically acclaimed film from March 19-22.

Taste of Iceland is coming back to Washington D.C. - after an eight year hiatus - with traditional Icelandic food, cocktails, music, literature and a critically acclaimed film from March 19-22. The four-day festival is presented by Iceland Naturally and gives residents of the DMV the opportunity to experience Icelandic culture with multiple events around the city, with most being free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday – Sunday, March 19-22 – Specialty four course Icelandic menu at Equinox Restaurant with specialty drinks from Reyka Vodka and Brennivin. Dinner is $75 or $100 with wine pairing per person.
  • Thursday – Saturday, March 19-21 – Wheel of Prizes sponsored by Icelandair will have multiple prizes including trips to Iceland available at several Taste of Iceland events
  • Thursday, March 19 – movie at The Avalon Theater, 5:30 p.m., showing Woman At War. Free.
  • Friday, March 20 – The Icelandic Provisions’ Food Truck will be serving free samples of their best-selling skyr in downtown D.C. throughout the day. Free.
  • Friday, March 20 – Cocktail Class 5-7 p.m. at Jack Rose Saloon. Free.
  • Friday, March 20 – The Write Stuff, literature event at Kramerbooks & Afterwords with First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid and other female Icelandic authors. Free.
  • Saturday, March 21 – Concert at Black Cat, featuring MUM and Warmland 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

Icelandic Menu at Equinox Restaurant
March 19-22, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave NW, will offer guests a true taste of Iceland with a sumptuous meal created by Icelandic Chef Viktor Örn Andrésson, winner of the bronze medal in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or 2017 and Equinox Chef Todd Gray, nominated for five James Beard Foundation Best Chef awards. The prix fixe Icelandic dinner menu will be four delicious courses:

  • Langostino broth and grilled scallops, egg curd, soy and Icelandic wasabi
  • Lightly smoked Arctic char, dill, sunchoke and skyr
  • Pan fried rack of lamb, celeriac and crowberry sauce
  • Icelandic Provisions skyr, chocolate, raspberries

Icelandic handcrafted cocktails from Reyka Vodka and Brennivin will also be available for diners. Dinner is $75 or $100 with wine pairing per person. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Wheel of Prizes Sponsored by Icelandair
Icelandair will have a traveling five foot tall wheel. Be on the lookout for your chance to win cool Icelandic prizes such as Icelandic Glacial Water, Icelandic Provisions Skyr, dinner for two at Equinox, t-shirts, gift certificates, and tickets to fly on Icelandair. The Wheel will be popping up at various events throughout the city during Taste of Iceland. Each day one lucky winner will win a trip to Iceland. There is no cost to participate and everyone who spins has the chance to win.

The Avalon Theater showing Woman at War
On Thursday, March 19 The Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, will be hosting a free showing of Woman at War at 5:30 p.m. Woman at War is a poignant story of an Icelandic woman, Halla, played by actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, who declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves until an unexpected turn of events lands an orphan in Halla’s life and changes it forever. The recent picture has Magnolia’s President Eamonn Bowles raving, “Woman at War is a blast.” And Variety’s Jay Weissberg stated, “Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice?” Free.

Icelandic Provisions Food Truck
On Friday, March 20, Icelandic Provisions will be treating Washington D.C. residents to a bite of Iceland as they pass out free samples of their best-selling skyr flavors. Be on the lookout for their Icelandic food truck and loveable cast of characters as they traverse the downtown area. Guests who drop by will get an authentic taste of Iceland with Nordic trivia and prizes during the sampling. Free

Cocktail Class at Jack Rose Dinning Saloon
An Icelandic Cocktail Class will be offered Friday, March 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. Icelandic Mixologist Tóta and Reyka Mixologist Trevor Schneider will teach guest how to make a variety of different cocktails using Reyka Vodka and Brennivín. Guest will enjoy samples of each cocktail created. Guest must be 21 years old with a valid ID to attend and consume alcohol. Free.

The Write Stuff: Icelandic Literature with First Lady of Iceland, Sponsored by Embassy of Iceland
Join the First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid, along with two female Icelandic authors, Kristín Eiríksdóttir and Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir, as they discuss the Icelandic literature scene on Friday, March 20 Kramerbooks & Aftwerwords 1517 Connecticut Ave NW from 6-8 p.m. The event will include light refreshments, First Lady Eliza Reid discussing The Write Stuff, readings by the authors and a panel discussion about Icelandic literature. Free.

Reykjavik Calling an Icelandic Concert Featuring MÚM and Warmland
Saturday, March 21 The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW, will host Reykjavik Calling an Icelandic concert featuring Warmland and MÚM. Warmland a new Icelandic band from Reykjavík rooted in pop but deeply exploratory will open the concert at 8 p.m. MÚM, celebrating their 20th anniversary, will headline the event. An experimental pop group they have been defined by their exploration into electronic music, soft vocals, glitch beats, innovative sampling and eerie effects with a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments. MÚM will take the stage at 9 p.m. Free.

For more information about Taste of Iceland visit https://icelandnaturally.com/event/taste-iceland-d-c-2020

Facebook Event Links:
Icelandic Menu: http://bit.ly/TOIDC2020FOOD
Icelandic Film: http://bit.ly/TOIDC2020FILM
Icelandic Cocktails: http://bit.ly/TOIDC2020DRINKS
Icelandic Literature: http://bit.ly/TOIDC2020LITERATURE
Icelandic Music: http://bit.ly/TOIDC2020MUSIC

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