I have to admit, I wasn’t too familiar with Nordic food when I first learned of the 3rd annual NORTH Nordic Food Festival. But I was about to learn a lot. New Nordic Cuisine has had huge impact on the world’s dining scene since it first arrived 10 years ago. NORTH Food Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience the cooking of some of the world’s most talented Nordic chefs. From exclusive pop up dinners, educational cooking classes, and free events celebrating Nordic food and cooking – at NORTH Food Festival 2015, there was a little something for everyone.
The five-day long festival took place at a pop-up space in the very popular West Village neighborhood. New Yorkers were invited to stop by each day during the festival to get a taste of what delicious things were being cooked up and explore the variety of Nordic bites (cheese included). Guests will had a chance to taste a little of Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. We were invited to the kickoff day for a sneak peek, and I’m definitely glad I brought my appetite.
Some of the traditional dishes served were crayfish, BBQ, smoked trout, and pancakes, grilled prime of lamb with skyr rhubarb dressing, meatballs, traditional Icelandic fish stew, with geothermal cooked rye bread, and extra-long hot dogs served with a bun on the side. But we can’t forget about the drinks. There was no shortage of Rekorderlig Cider, vodka cocktails and craft beer. Thanks to the NORTH Food Festival for introducing me to the cuisine. Now I’m on the hunt in New York City to find the best spots for Nordic cuisine (Brod Kitchen, we see you).
Twisted Talk: Are you familiar with Nordic food? Have you ever attended the NORTH Festival? Discuss below!