Taste of Iceland festival returns to Ballard this weekend

The 13th annual Taste of Iceland festival is happening this weekend, with all events centered in and around the National Nordic Museum.

Taste of Iceland is a weekend of free activities with food trucks, live music, and cultural events including a fireside chat with Nikulás Hannigan, the new Consul General of Iceland in New York. The events start on Friday, Oct. 15, and go through Sunday, Oct. 17.

Two of Seattle’s most popular food trucks will be at the National Nordic Museum all weekend featuring an “Inspired by Iceland” takeover: Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max and Monster Dogs will be stationed in the museum’s parking lot (hours listed below).

There will also be an elemental Sound Bath “to promote inner peace and healing” hosted byJósa Goodlife; a movie night screening of “The Third Pole” by Andri Snær Magnason and Anni Ólafsdóttir; and the return of the free Reykjavik Calling concert featuring Iceland’s Laufey.

Iceland Air will also be hosting a spin-the-wheel event with daily prizes that include a trip to Iceland for two.

Here’s the full schedule, from the organizers:

Food Trucks: October 15 – 17
Seattle’s Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max and Monster Dogs will host an Inspired by Iceland food truck menu for three days during the festival – located in the parking lot of the National Nordic Museum:

  • October 15: 5 – 7 PM
  • October 16:  6 – 8 PM
  • October 17:  11 – 1 PM

“Wheel of Prizes”:  October 15-17
Icelandair presents the Wheel of Prizes where participants can spin the wheel for the chance to win a trip to Iceland.  There will be three opportunities to spin the wheel with three winners each day. With the exception of the online spin on Sunday, you must be present to win. Everyone who signs up in person will be automatically entered for the Sunday online spin.  Additional entries for the online spin can be made at Taste of Iceland Seattle.

Wheel of Prizes spins will take place:

  • October 15:  6:30 PM before the film screening
  • October 16:  7:30 PM before Reykjavik Calling concert
  • October 17:  12:30 PM & 2 PM online on Inspired by Iceland’s social channels

Reyka Vodka Cocktail Class:  October 15 @ 5 PM (tentative – check website for timing)

Join Inspired by Iceland for a special cocktail class featuring Reyka Vodka.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to make two signature Reyka Vodka cocktails from one of Seattle’s premier mixologists.  Of course, all 21+ attendees will get to sample each delightful drink!

The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole film screening: October 15 @ 7 PM
Taste of Iceland screens “The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – a Bipolar Musical Documentary with Elephants”  by Andri Snær Magnason.

Elemental Sound Bath: October 16 @ 9 AM
Join Jósa Goodlife for an hour of inner peace and healing meditation, followed by an Iceland Provisions Skyr breakfast bar.

Reykjavík Calling Concert: October 16 @ 8 PM
Live concert with Icelandic musician Laufey who fuses sophisticated jazz melodies and slow-burning R&B grooves.  Laufey is gaining well-deserved attention for her mesmerizing style.

Fireside Chat Nikulás Hannigan, Iceland’s Consul General in New York:  October  17 @ 1 PM
This will be an engaging and intimate conversation on all things Icelandic with Nikulás Hannigan, the Icelandic Trade Commissioner to North America and the Consul General for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

For more information about each event, visit the Taste of Iceland website.