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7 Things To Do At Toronto's Taste Of Iceland Festival 2015
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7 Things To Do At Toronto's Taste Of Iceland Festival 2015

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Updated: 3 October 2016
The Taste of Iceland Festival 2015 returns to Toronto this year to celebrate the best of Icelandic food, music, films, and culture. Presented by Iceland Naturally, Torontonians can check out the action-packed events downtown from November 12th to November 15th, 2015. While there’s no shortage of Taste of Iceland events, here are seven things you won’t want to miss.

Catch the Reykjavik Calling Concert

A free public concert showcasing a combination of Icelandic, as well as local performers, Reykjavik Calling takes place November 14th at Adelaide Hall. This year’s line-up includes the electronic Icelandic bands, Samaris, and Airplane and Spaceship; make sure to check out their vivid, dreamlike sets. The Toronto acts consist of contemporary electropop group, Prince Innocence, and synth, soul, and sultry pop artist, RALPH. Please note that visitors must be at least 19 years of age to attend.

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Adelaide Hall, 250 Adelaide St. W, Toronto ON, Canada, +1 647 344 1234

Watch a Movie by the Icelandic Film Festival

Another free sponsored event, be sure to catch an Icelandic film at the Royal Cinema on November 15th. This year, the Icelandic Film Festival presents three short films, which feature the stunning, natural landscapes of the small island nation. There will also be a longer documentary called Women in Red Stockings by director Halla Kristin Einarsdottir, which touches on the subject of the Women’s Liberation (‘Red-stocking’) Movement of the ’70s.

November 15th, 2015 at 1 P.M.

Royal Cinema, 608 College St., Toronto ON, Canada, +1 416 466 4400

Stay for a Film Q&A on the Women’s Rights Movement

To those interested in hearing more about the Women’s Rights Movement in Iceland, stick around the Royal Cinema’s Icelandic Film Festival. Women in Red Stockings director Halla Kristin Einarsdottir will be present at the Royal Theatre for a Q&A. A Reykjavik native, Einarsdottir studied fine art, film theory and cultural communication, and is currently teaching creative documentary at the University of Iceland. Her other works include short documentary, Transplosive (2006), and the Kitchen Sink Revolution (2015), the sequel to Women in Red Stockings (2009).

November 15th, 2015 at 1 P.M.

Royal Cinema, 608 College St., Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 466 4400

Try a Four-Course Meal at An Evening in Iceland

To all you foodies out there, this is an event that is not to be missed. On November 15th, join Iceland Naturally at An Evening in Iceland, an interactive event featuring the best of the country’s cuisine. Admission is $115 and includes a cocktail reception, a four-course dinner, and live musical performances throughout the night. Award-winning chef Ylfa Helgadottir will pair up with local chefs Michael Wilson and Anthony Walsh at Luma on the second floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a meet and greet, where visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about Icelandic cuisine, as well as the other dishes that they prepare. Visitors must be at least 19 years of age to attend.

November 12th – 14th, 2015

Cost: $75 (excluding wine pairings)

Reservations: online or by phone

Luma (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), 350 King St. W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 288 4715

Sample Authentic Icelandic Cuisine at Luma

If you can’t attend An Evening in Iceland but would still like to try some authentic Icelandic food, you can head to Luma again from November 12th to November 14th for the same four-course dinner. From Icelandic cod, to lamb and even Skyr, which is a type of traditional Icelandic yogurt, these unique dishes are prepared which fresh ingredients from the Nordic country. Once again, chef Helgadottir will join Wilson and Walsh in the preparation of the dishes, so be sure to check it out. The fixed-price menu cost is $75 (excluding drinks).

November 12th – 14th, 2015

Luma (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), 350 King St. W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 288 4715

Drink an Icelandic-Style Cocktail

Stick around Luma and try one of the Icelandic-style cocktails at the bar. The small country produces a variety of alcoholic beverages, including Icelandic beer, wine, and spirits such as Brennivín, a type of clear, unsweetened, and distilled schnapps drink, which is considered the country’s signature liquor. This year’s Taste of Iceland signature cocktail is the Violet Mojito, which consists of lamb’s rum, violet syrup, berry coulis, lime juice, mint leaves, and soda. Luma bar manager, Sara Kuz will be mixing up these unique, Icelandic-inspired drinks.

November 12th – 14th, 2015

Luma (Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants), 350 King St. W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 288 4715

Attend ‘Iceland at a Watershed’ Discussion

And, last but not least, who could forget the 2008 financial crisis, by which Iceland was particularly affected? Head to ‘Iceland at a Watershed‘, where this will be one of the main topics discussed by Dr. Fridrik Mar Baldursson, economics professor at Reykjavik University. Baldursson will also discuss Iceland’s current economic state and how the country is presently heading in the right direction, as well as compare its financial position with that of other European nations. This free talk is sponsored by the Icelandic-Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and will be held at Bennett Jones Office on November 13th.

Friday, November 13, 2015, 3:30 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Bennett Jones LLP, 3400 One Canadian Place, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 863 1200