If hopping on a flight to Iceland is not in the cards for you right now, then look no further than Brooklyn for a taste of Nordic culture this week.
Iceland Naturally will be hosting a four day festival in New York to celebrate the rich flavors, sounds and vibrant culture of Iceland.
For food and drink lovers, Restaurant Norman will be whipping up an Icelandic menu crafted by Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson and American chef Andrew Whitcomb, complemented by cocktails created by Icelandic mixologist Kári Sigurðsson.
The four-course menu, which costs $55 USD per person, will feature classic Icelandic dishes such as Arctic char, Icelandic lamb, langoustine, and a dessert of Icelandic Skyr with wild berries.
For cocktail aficionados, a free mixology class will be offered at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, followed by the premiere of Iceland’s short film festival. The film festival aims to highlight up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers, and will show six films, including the 2016 winner, “Like it’s up to you” from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir.
Iceland’s music and literature will also be proudly on display at the NYC festival, with shows at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn from local Reykjavik artists and book readings at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers. Spoonbill & Sugartown will also host an event on how Iceland’s culture and bounty of natural beauty inspires the written word.
While a four-day festival in Brooklyn hardly compares to the sheer thrill of standing under the Northern lights or exploring Iceland’s West Fjords, it is an excellent way to submerge yourself into Icelandic culture and, if nothing else, inspire you to finally book that trip!