Women of Iceland: Taste of Iceland to Spotlight Women in Food

From last year’s dinner: Skyr with wild blueberries, with chocolate crémeux, marzipan cake, hazelnuts, and lemon ice cream.

As flights to Iceland remain astoundingly affordable, the Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Oceans has been more and more on my mind. I’m extra excited about this year’s Taste of Iceland events because of the on focus on women. I did a fist pump at my desk when I read that the spotlight chef for the dinner at Luma was Ylfa Helgadóttir.

Ylfa is chef de cuisine and co-owner of Kopar, where the kitchen, management and FOH are predominantly women. Collaborating with Oliver & Bonacini’s Anthony Walsh and Luma’s chef de cuisine Michael Wilson here in Toronto to create a menu true to modern Icelandic cooking, a meal by chef Helgadóttir is not to be missed.

In an effort to share Iceland with the world, Taste of Iceland, which takes place in other cities like Chicago and Seattle, always has an arts component. For this year’s concert and film series the women of Iceland are on centre stage. The Reykjavik Calling concert, free to the public at Adelaide Hall on November 14th, has a female-heavy lineup.

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The film programme at The Royal includes Women in Red Stockings, a documentary on the fight for equality in the ‘70s. I’m sure you’ve seen the meme going around about how 90% of women in Iceland went on strike for equality? Here’s the film to talk about why they did and happened after.

If you’re not 100% excited to eat at Luma with chef Helgadóttir, check out our coverage of the dinner from last year with chef Viktor Örn Andrésson.


Here’s a short and sweet primer on Icelandic cuisine from the Iceland Naturally site.

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