Back for the fourth year in a row, Taste of Iceland is happening in Toronto from Thursday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov.16. The multi-city festival offers a glimpse into the cuisine, music and culture Iceland is known for, and includes a menu of Icelandic delicacies at Luma, a free showcase of the country’s hottest up-and-coming musical talent at the Reykjavik Calling concert, and film programming curated by Reykjavík Short & Docs Film Festival.
Nov. 13 to 15 at Luma (350 King St. W.)
Taste of Iceland welcomes acclaimed Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson (Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon). Recently named 2014’s Nordic Chef of the Year, Andrésson has collaborated with Anthony Walsh, corporate executive chef of Oliver & Bonacini and Michael Wilson, Luma’s own chef de cuisine.
The trio put together a four-course prix-fixe menu for an affordable $55, focused on authentic Icelandic dishes with diverse flair and texture.
- Icelandic Arctic Char: blow-torched and lemon-cured Arctic char, paired with Icelandic barley, horseradish and cucumber
- Icelandic Cod + Langoustine: slowly cooked cod and dried seaweed söl from Stykkishólmur with lightly smoked langoustine salad, apple, black salsify and pickled onion
- Icelandic Free-Range Lamb: roasted rack of lamb, sunchokes, wild mushrooms with carrots and Madeira glaze
- Icelandic Viking Skyr: skyr (a low-fat Icelandic milk product similar to cheese) and wild blueberries, chocolate crémeux, marzipan cake, hazelnuts, skyr and lemon ice cream
On Sunday, Nov. 16, Luma and Andrésson will host ‘An Evening in Iceland’, an interactive ticketed event showcasing the best cuisine Iceland has to offer. Join chefs Andrésson, Walsh and Wilson for a meet and greet cocktail reception, followed by the four-course tasting menu. Chefs will walk guests through the menu while they dine at communal tables and are treated to the night’s entertainment by Toronto-Icelandic musician Lindy Vopnfjörð. Tickets are $120 and include four courses, wine pairings, tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, click here.
For reservations, call Luma at 647.288.4715
Reykjavik Calling – Free Concert
Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St. W.) – 19+, doors at 9 pm
Toronto also welcomes a selection of Icelandic artists representing the best of the country’s music scene. On Saturday, Nov. 15, The Horseshoe Tavern will host Reykjavik Calling: a free concert showcasing four Icelandic acts, alongside Toronto-based songstress LYON.
9:15 pm – Uni Stefson
9:45 pm – Hermigervill
10:30 pm – Young Karin
11:30 pm – LYON
12:15 am – Retro Stefson
Uni Stefson is the introspective solo project of Unnsteinn Manuel Stefansson, originally of Retro Stefson. The singer explores the emotional range experienced during dark Icelandic winters to create an enchantingly mellow sound.
Hermigervill delivers his unique electronic creations in a set that is truly live: quirky, unpredictable and sincere categorize Hermigervill’s performance style.
Young Karin is made up of Logi Pedro Stefánsson and Karin Sveinsdóttir, who met at a song contest last winter. Since then, the Icelandic duo received notable praise for their hip-hop and avant-garde infused pop productions.
Toronto-based singer-songwriter LYON released her first EP Indian Summer last year and continues to wow audiences with her infectious blend of heartfelt lyrics and synth-pop sound.
Retro Stefson is an upbeat, buoyant band that blends European, South American, African and North American music into all parts perfect. They’ve been performing together since middle school, and have honed their stage presence into a must-see performance.
Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Royal Theatre (608 College St.), 2 – 6 pm
The Royal Theatre will screen two Icelandic films programmes curated by the Reykjavík Short & Docs Film Festival, further highlighting Icelandic culture and creativity. The first is a series of short films, which will be followed by a documentary. For tickets, click here.
Win A Prize By Finding Taste of Iceland’s #IcelandSecret
Keep an eye out for special napkins, coasters and cocktail stirrers at Toronto’s Taste of Iceland venues to discover secrets about Iceland. Whenever you find a secret, share it via Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #IcelandSecret and #TasteofIceland. At the end of the weekend, a secret sharer will be picked and win an Icelandic prize pack. The more you share, the better your chances are of winning.