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Taste of Iceland heads to Chicago from 9/1 to 9/3

Adrian Holman

The Taste of Iceland tour will be in Chicago from Thursday, September 1st until Saturday, September 3rd. The goal of the tour is to give North Americans a glimpse of Icelandic culture.

The festivities begin at 4:30 PM CST at Bistronomic located at 840 North Wabash Avenue on Thursday. Bistronomic will host a Icelandic pop-up menu with guest chef Arnar Pall Sigrunarson. Sigrunarson is the chef at the Lava Restaurant located on the west bank of Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

The items on the menu will be cod with langoustine, avocado, brandade, and lovage, or lamb with rutabagas, mushrooms, and carrots. The dessert will be skyr with blueberries, Arctic thyme, and oats. To immerse myself more into Icelandic culture, I had to look up a few of these words. Langoustine is a European lobster. Brandade is a spread with cod and potatoes. Lovage is an European herb that sort of tastes like celery. Skyr is an Icelandic version of yogurt, but has a much milder flavor. This Icelandic menu will be on display all three days at 4:30 PM.

The main event on Thursday evening will be a free concert from 7 PM until 11 PM at Martyrs located at 3855 North Lincoln Avenue. The three Icelandic musicians that will perform are Axel Flovent, RAKEL, and LON. To hear some of their tracks, then head over to this link. The drinks on deck will be cocktails made with Reyka vodka and Olafsson gin.

The Taste of Iceland continues early Friday evening from 5-7 PM with a free cocktail class at The Exchange located at 224 S. Michigan Avenue. You will learn how to make Icelandic cocktails from Reyka vodka mixologists.

To close out the night on Friday will be a free screening of the Icelandic horror film "LAMB" at the Logan Theatre located at 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue. After the movie is completed, there will be a question and answer session with the movie's director and producer.

Saturday begins with an elemental sound bath at Yogaview located at 2211 N. Elston Avenue, Suite 200 at 1 PM. The sound bath will be performed by Icelandic energy healer Josa Goodlife. You will be living the good life afterwards because all attendees receive a free yoga mat, towel, blanket, and a silica mud mask from Blue Lagoon.

After you are cleansed, then head over to the After-Words Bookstore located at 23 E. Illinois Street at 4 PM. The guest will be Icelandic author Eliza Reid. She is also the first lady of Iceland.

The final event of the Taste of Iceland tour will be at the Wildwood Studio located at 2138 W. Roscoe Street at 7 PM. The studio will be hosting a photography exhibit with international photographer Alex Strohl. He will be displaying his wonderful pictures of Iceland.

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