2:18pm

Thu September 27, 2012
Arts & Culture

A Taste Of Iceland Brings Cultural, Culinary Delights To Denver

When Iceland air announced it would start flying into Denver International Airport, Mayor Michael Hancock said the new route would generate more than $19 million in tourism spending.

Iceland is also betting on the economic benefits, and is holding a 'Taste of Iceland' festival to introduce the country to Colorado.

The four day event kicks off Thursday night with a special culinary collaboration with Coohills 1400 restaurant in Denver.

Icelandic Chef Hákon Már Örvarsson and Chef Tom Coohill have created a four-course meal highlighting traditional Icelandic cuisine in a new and modern way.

I spoke with Már Örvarsson about the unique menu, which  he says is a great introduction to Icelandic food.

An interview with the Chef.

With many ingredients flown directly from Iceland, the menu offers a taste of free-range Icelandic lamb and Icelandic skyr mousse, a dairy product unique to the country.

Cold smoked Icelandic Arctic Char, lemon, grainy mustard, honey, dill oil, Icelandic rye bread crumble, radishes and cucumber
Credit Nathan Heffel / KUNC

Reservations for the Coohills event are through September 30th.

On Saturday, music lovers can attend a free concert at the Gothic Theater in Denver.

“Reykjavik calling,” will pair Icelandic artists with a number of Denver musicians in a first-time collaborative effort.

Artists from local bands including, Bad Weather CaliforniaBela Karoli, and Ending People will join Icelandic musicians including Mugison and Soley Stefansdottir. The concert begins at 8pm.

A Taste of Iceland will conclude Sunday with a mini film festival at the L2 Arts and Culture Center.

The festival will include a showing of Inni, a unique film featuring footage from Icelandic band Sigur Ros', and their last show at London's Alexandra Palace.

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 A Taste of Iceland is presented by Iceland Naturally, in cooperation with IcelandairReyka Vodka,66° NorthBlue LagoonIcelandic Glacial WaterVisit IcelandCoohillsL2 Arts and Culture Center,Gothic TheatreOxford Hotel and 88.5 KGNU FM.

Find more information on the event here.