Because it's an island, Iceland has always been isolated from the bustle of the rest of Europe, a fact that allowed it to form its own cuisine and culture. And over the course of four days, Denver (which also recently landed direct flights to the republic) will highlight a variety of Icelandic culinary, musical and film talent as part of a wide-ranging collaboration with the volcanic nation called A Taste of Iceland.
Local chef Tom Coohill will team up with Iceland's Chef Hákon Már Örvarsson to provide a four-course prix fixe menu at Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street; the dinner will be available through September 30 at $65 a plate, or $95 with wine. "It will be a traditional Nordic cuisine," says event organizer Hlynur Gudjonsson. "Plenty of dried fish, lamb, dulse seaweed and skyr (yogurt), which have been a part of Iceland's diet since the time of the Vikings."
On Saturday, check out Reykjavik Calling, a free concert at 8 p.m. at the Gothic Theatre featuring Denver musicians Joe Sampson and Patrick Dethlefs working with emerging Icelandic artists like Lay Low and Mugison. "They've never met before, and they don't know each other," Gudjonsson says. "We're trying to get these culture's to collide to create something new and interesting."
And finally, Denver film enthusiasts are invited on Sunday to free screenings of Summerland, 2:30 p.m., and Inni, 4:15 p.m., two Icelandic films that will be shown at the L2 Arts and Culture Center, 1477 Columbine Street.
For more information, visit www.icelandnaturally.com.