Culture Dose: Icelandic Invasion

A Taste of Iceland brings delicious flavors and beautiful sounds.

The distance may be great between the two, yet the vibes of Seattle and Iceland might not be too far off the mark. (Think innovative cuisine and a thriving arts scene in both locales.) Check it out for yourself; from October 10 through 13, A Taste of Iceland comes here to transport Seattleites to the exotic, Nordic island. Icelandic musician Sin Fang comments, “Despite the distance between us, artists from Seattle and Iceland are remarkably similar. The Seattle and Iceland music communities seem to share the understanding that music isn’t just something you play in the background, it’s a way of life.”

Seattle hosts award-winning Icelandic chefs and performers during this annual four-day festival that celebrates our northern neighbors’ cuisine, music and culture. Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge gets taken over by Icelandic culinary master Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson, who collaborates in the kitchen with Dahlia’s executive chef Brock Johnson. Their four-course, pre-fixe ($65) Nordic menu will feature such ingredients as wild caught cod, free-range lamb and Icelandic skyr sourced directly from Iceland. (To complement the meal, diners can order a new signature cocktail that uses Iceland’s small-batch Reyka Vodka.)

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Chef Thrainn Freyr Vigfusson

Additionally, this Saturday evening, Neumos hosts the free, 21-and-over concert Reykjavik Calling, presented by KEXP 90.3 FM. The multicultural showcase features young, emerging talents from near and far, including Icelandic folk artist Sin Fang and electronic multi-instrumentalist Borko. Local favorites include Vox Mod, who recently performed at the Capitol Hill Block Party. Enjoy the journey!

Sin Fang
Sin Fang
Borko
Borko