Cool Icelandic Lifestyle Makes a Splash in the Nation’s Capital

February 15, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Greater Washington metro area will be hosting “A Taste of Iceland” from February 24th through 27th, 2011. The multi-day event will feature Icelandic music, cuisine, film and culture throughout Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD and Annapolis, MD. The Mid-Atlantic region will get this sneak-peek of Iceland just in time, as Icelandair will begin its first non-stop service to Iceland out of Washington Dulles International Airport beginning on May 17th, 2011.

Area residents will have the chance to sample first-rate dining from two of Iceland’s renowned celebrity chefs, jam to live musical performances by one of Reykjavik’s up-and-coming bands, and catch the latest film release out of Iceland. “A Taste of Iceland” is presented in part by Iceland Naturally, www.icelandnaturally.com, a partnership that includes Icelandic USA Inc., Icelandair, 66 North, The Blue Lagoon, Reyka Vodka, Icelandic Glacial Water, Islandsbanki, the City of Reykjavik, Keflavik Airport, Landsvirkjun and Promote Iceland. Iceland Naturally represents the best of Icelandic products in North America. As a combined council of Icelandic brands, they proudly display Iceland through products that include pure glacial water, clean and renewable energy, sustainable fresh fish, and a totally unique travel experience.

“Iceland Naturally is honored to be visiting Washington, D.C. with some of our brightest stars showcasing what makes Iceland unique,” said Sif Gustavsson, Marketing Director for Visit Iceland. “We are excited for more and more U.S. citizens to discover Iceland and see all that our beautiful country has to offer. Iceland is pure, natural and unspoiled – and we can’t wait to share that with Washingtonians. 2010 was a banner year for Icelandic tourism, increasing the number of North American visitors by 17%, and we look forward to 2011 following suit.”

The week’s events will be hosted by DC Coast, Sushi Rock, Yellowfin, The Windup Space and The Charles Theater. Highlights for “A Taste of Iceland” include:

For a Minor Reflection (FaMR), the Icelandic band comprised of four 21-year-olds, hails from Reykjavik. Their music is best described as energetic, melodious post-rock, though being the natural creative visionaries they are, the band expands and even subverts their style with almost every song. FaMR, who “make ethereal, melody-soaked music with international appeal,” as described by Music Week, will play for the public in three, free live shows. Performance dates include:

                    Thursday, February 24 - Friday, February 25,
    When:            2011, 10:00 p.m.
    Where:         Sushi Rock, www.sushirockdc.com
                    1900 Clarendon Blvd - Arlington, VA  22201
                   *featuring no cover charge*

    When:          Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:00 p.m.
    Where:         The Windup Space, www.thewindupspace.com
                    12 W North Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
                   *featuring no cover charge*

  • Area foodies will be delighted by guest chef, Hakon Mar Ovarsson, when he visits DC Coast from Thursday, February 24 through Sunday, February 27. Chef Hakon, who serves as coach for the Icelandic candidate at the Bocuse d’Or, is also acclaimed for his numerous gold medal wins in international cooking competitions. His diverse taste and award-winning talent have served him well as he’s overseen many well-renowned kitchens during his illustrious career and welcomes the opportunity to bring traditional Icelandic ingredients to life in D.C.

DC Coast Restaurant is a re-birth of a classical Beaux-Arts style that has recently surfaced and surprised historians throughout the city. Head chef, Brendan Cox, leads the kitchen team creating a distinctly eclectic menu that mirrors the dining taste of Washington as described by Food Critic, Robert Shoffner for The Washingtonian. Visit www.dccoast.com, or call 202-216-5988 for reservations.

  • Chef Victor Orn Andresson, head chef at Blue Lagoon’s Lava Restaurant, just outside of Reykjavik, will be lending his cooking expertise to Yellowfin in Annapolis, MD when he visits from Thursday, February 24 through Sunday, February 27th. The rising star in Iceland’s culinary world will be visiting during the annual Annapolis Restaurant Week. He looks forward to sharing his signature international flair combined with his favorite Icelandic ingredients with those in Annapolis.

Yellowfin features a bright, contemporary interior, sunset views on the South River, exceptional service and award-winning food. The innovative decor lends itself to a casual happy hour, a relaxing fine dining experience, or a festive event in the private banquet area. For reservations, call 410-573-1333, or visit them at www.yellowfinrestaurant.com.

  • Patrons to DC Coast, Yellowfin, Sushi Rock, The Windup Space and The Charles Theater will have an opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland. The winner of the “Nightlife in Reykjavik” package will enjoy round-trip air transportation from Washington, DC (IAD), three nights hotel accommodation in Reykjavik, Scandinavian buffet breakfasts, round-trip airport/hotel transfer, “Let’s Talk Iceland” show at Restaurant Reykjavik, three course dinner with admission to Ice Bar at Restaurant Reykjavik, tour of local brewery and a Blue Lagoon visit. For more information, rules and regulations, or to enter online, visit http://www.icelandnaturally.com/winatrip_nightlife/.
  • Area movie lovers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the award-winning film, Mr. Bjarnfredarson, starring Jon Gnarr, comedian and Mayor of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. A special screening of the movie will be held at The Charles Theater in Baltimore, MD (1711 North Charles Street, www.thecharles.com) on Thursday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. The screening will be open to the public and will be free of charge. The television adaptation follows an over educated know-it-all, who has just been released from jail for murder. The movie combines humor, compassion and a unique visual style – making it one of this year’s most talked about Icelandic imports.

For further information on “A Taste of Iceland” in the Washington, D.C. metro area, log onto www.icelandnaturally.com.

SOURCE Iceland Naturally

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