March 4, 2013
Hundreds dine at unique culinary event in Reykjavík
This weekend, the country of
hosted the world's largest supper club. Visitors from around the globe dined at a hidden location in the fashionable Old Harbor. Guests were hosted by Inspired by
in conjunction with
Food & Fun Festival.
A brigade of leading chefs from the Icelandic culinary team including the award-winning Stefán Viðarsson of Icelandair Hotels, took the guests on a gastronomy journey, cooking up a feast of delicious cuisine from all four regions of
. Diners enjoyed a feast of salted cod, Icelandic shrimp, locally sourced lamb and an array of colourful salads and vegetables.
Over 300 guests were welcomed by Einar Örn Benediktsson, head of
Department of Culture and Tourism and former member of Icelandic post-punk band The Sugarcubes.
The entertainment was produced by award-winning theatre company Vesturport and included special performances from The Icelandic Sailor School choir and a sing-along with legendary Icelandic cowboy Valgeir Gudjonsson. Ragnhildur Gísladóttir and Helgi Svavar also collaborated on a song written exclusively for the evening.
In addition to tourists, guests included renowned chef
, Högni Egilsson, frontman of Icelandic band Hjaltalin, and an array of visiting foreign foodies.
The Supper Club took place on the same weekend as
Food & Fun Festival which ran from the 27
February - 2
March. The annual festival is a chance for the world's best chefs to cook their own exclusive menus at
best restaurants before battling it out to be crowned 'Food & Fun Chef of the Year'.
Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir,
Director, Marketing & Visit Iceland at Promote Iceland, says:
"Food and music are at the heart of Icelandic culture and we like to welcome visitors to experience both with open arms. It's such a pleasure to have been able to share Iceland's first ever Supper Club with Icelanders and visitors from around the world.
Hundreds of tourists registered to attend the Supper Club via an online registration page on the Inspired by
. For a chance to be at the table tourists we're asked to contribute an alternative name for
, with the best suggestions receiving an invite to the event.
The Supper Club acts as part of a wider campaign from Inspired by
welcoming submissions for a name that better describes the island. Guests at the event we're encouraged to share their own names and descriptions of the country, which will be shared on Inspired by
To celebrate the Food & Fun Festival, Inspired by
have shared some of the best Icelandic recipes from the chefs involved in the festival on the
have been tweeting live updates from
with the hashtag #foodandfunfest.