A celebration of all things Iceland returns to DC, March 8 to 11

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights.

Following a very successful visit to the nation’s capital last year, Taste of Iceland returns to DC, from Wednesday, March 8 through Saturday, March 11. The four-day cultural festival celebrates the land of fire and ice, with more than a dozen events taking place across the city and showcasing the best of Icelandic culture, including food and beverage, music, literature, wellness, and more.  

Organized by  Inspired by Iceland, which promotes Iceland and Icelandic products, Taste of Iceland celebrates and shares the traditions and culture of Iceland with the people of North America. In partnership with local businesses and Taste of Iceland’s official partners, featured events will be hosted at the Eaton DCMichele’sAllegory, and Songbyrd.  


Wednesday, March 8 

  • Secrets of the Sprakkar with Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland: 7 PM at the Eaton DC, Beverly Snow Ballroom, 1201 K St NW.  

Daily March 9-11

  • Icelandic Menu at Michele’s: March 9 – 11 starting at 5 PM Michele’s owner and head Chef, Matt Baker, in collaboration with Icelandic Chefs Viktor Örn Andrésson and Hinrik Lárusson, will prepare a four-course prix-fixe dinner inspired by Icelandic ingredients. Reservations are available via OpenTable.  

Daily March 10-11

  • Wheel of Prizes Presented by Icelandair: March 10-11 at various events, participants will have the opportunity to win various prizes, including a trip for two to Iceland! 

Friday, March 10

  • When Fiction Becomes Truth: A conversation with Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir about her prescient novel, The Fires: 12 PM at the Eaton DC, Beverly Snow Ballroom.  
  • Icelandic Cocktail Class with Reyka Vodka: 5 PM at the Eaton DC, Allegory Bar. 

Saturday, March 11 

  • Elemental Sound Bath with Blue Lagoon Iceland and Icelandic Provisions Breakfast Bar: 11 AM at the Eaton DC, Wild Days Rooftop Venue. 
  • 66°North Presents: Inspiring Female Exploration with Ása Steinars: 2 PM at the Eaton DC, Crystal Room.  
  • Reykjavik Presents: Iceland Airwaves Off Venue: Discover some of Iceland’s hottest new musical artists, including Eydís Evensen, Arny Margret, and LÓN. 7 PM at Songbyrd located at Union Market, 540 Penn St NE.  

Most events are free and open to the public, event tickets are required, and guests are encouraged to arrive promptly to guarantee entry. Tickets are available on the Taste of Iceland websiteReservations are required for the prix-fixe Icelandic dinner at Michele’s. 

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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