A foodie's weekend in Reykjavik
This weekend is a foodie’s weekend in Reykjavik with the Food & Fun festival, one of the biggest culinary events in Iceland, taking place. During the festival, guest chefs from all around the world come and take over twenty of the best restaurants in Reykjavik, working with the best Icelandic ingredients.
“It is great to see how equal the chefs are this year,” says chef Sigurður Hall, a well-known Icelandic chef and one of the festival’s pioneers. “I can’t say that one is better than the rest.” Asked if he has a favourite Hall responds: “This is like asking a father about his children, I just can’t. What I can say is that they are all great – these are twenty chefs with over 10 Michelin stars between them!”
A group of chefs with over 10 Michelin stars
The festival is also a competition between the chefs. A group of expert judges taste the food at each restaurant and chooses four top chefs. These chefs then compete in a final competition at Harpa Conference and Concert Hall on Saturday. The competition will be partly open to the public as screens will be put up outside the kitchens where people can watch the chefs work.
The place to go to buy Icelandic food
The Food & Fun final competition is not the only foodie event taking place at Harpa this weekend. One of the biggest food markets in Iceland, Búrið Artisan Fair, will open up in Harpa over the weekend.
If you really want to find out what Icelandic food is all about, this is the place to go. At the market, farmers, fishermen and pioneers of the culinary craft introduce you to their produce. There you can have a taste, chat with the people behind the produce, and buy traditional foods alongside innovative and inspired new products not found anywhere else.