March 7, 2014

Taste of Iceland 2014- Characters Fine Dining- Edmonton

Salmon at Taste of Iceland
(Cured Salmon in Brennivin)

If you haven't figured it out already, Edmonton has been hosting Taste of Iceland this week (March 5-8) with various events showcasing Iceland's food and music. The celebration kicks off Icelandair's new nonstop service between Edmonton and Reykjavík.

Icelandic Dry Fish & Fried Cod & Potate Balls at Characters Dining
(Harðfiskur- Icelandic dried fish and deep-fried crispy balls of cod & potatoes)

I had the pleasure of attending Taste of Iceland's food celebration featuring Icelandic Chef Hákon Már Örvarsson working with Chef Shonn, of Characters Fine Dining, to showcase Nordic cuisine

Taste of Iceland Edmonton
(Lumpfish caviar and free-range Icelandic lamb with glazed root vegetables)

As one would guess with Iceland being an island, Icelandic cuisine has plenty of fish.  Lamb and dairy are also important in the cuisine. I learned an interesting fact: sheep outnumber people 3 to 1 in Iceland!

Taste of Iceland YEG
(Cold-smoked farmed Icelandic Arctic Char with honey-grain mustard dressing, flan of horseradish & dill oil)

While I am not much of a fish-eater myself, I took this fantastic opportunity to taste various types of fish.  Every dish was not only beautiful to the eye but also pleasing to the palate. Very-well thought out menu.  Have some of you attended?

Icelandic Skyr dessert Characters Dining
(Mousse of Icelandic Skyr, jelly of apples & crispy oat-hazelnut crumble with cinnamon-flavored poached rhubarb)

Taste of Iceland is also hosting 2 free Reykjavik Calling Concerts.  Icelandic musicians are collaborating with Edmonton-area musicians to surely bring forth amazing music.  Last I checked, tonight's concert was sold out but there is still some tickets for tomorrow night!

Hope to see you there!

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