Always wanted to go to the Fjords? Well, we can’t bring the green-lined cliffs and blue seas to you, but the food, sure. Starting tomorrow, the NORTH Nordic Food Festival will host the Nordic region’s top chefs in New York City for cooking demonstrations, a hot dog championship at Brooklyn Brewery, and pop-up spaces that will transform each day through September 20.
The Nordic area of Europe includes Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, plus Greenland — “Nordic” literally translates to “the Northern Islands.” A global movement launched by René Redzepi of Copenhagen’s Noma, Nordic cuisine has taken hold in New York City in the last five years. Redzepi’s passion for foraging and the wildlife of the Nordic region have come to define this style of cooking, which highlights pickling, curing, and, often times, plating with rustic finds like twigs and leaves. Some of the most inventive Nordic restaurants in New York include Aska, Aquavit, and Skál, where chefs celebrate Nordic heritage and, often, play off of Noma’s lauded techniques.
More than 25 chefs from the U.S. and Nordic countries will participate in this week’s festival, which includes cooking classes at the International Culinary Center, exclusive dinners at Manhattan pop-up locations, and, perhaps most importantly, the Street Food Festival hosted at Brooklyn Brewery on September 14 and 15. There, Nordic bites will pair with Brooklyn Brewery beers, along with brews from Brooklyn Brewery’s Swedish sister brewery, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet. “These beers are only sold in Sweden and are coming over for just one week to make their NYC debut,” the brewery wrote on its blog.
The second day of the Street Food Festival is dedicated to the first ever Nordic Hot Dog Championship.
“All Nordic countries have their own unique versions of hot dogs, and the past few years, we have seen the gourmet hot dog trend blow up in the region,” explains Kalle Bergman, Honest Cooking editor-in-chief, and host of the NORTH Nordic Food Festival. “Now we want to crown the best — prepared by superstar Nordic chefs — and since New York is the quintessential hot dog city, we think it is only right that we host the first ever Nordic Hot Dog Championships right here on neutral grounds.”
Buy your ticket for any of the NORTH Nordic Food Festival events on the event’s website and check out highlights from last year’s event below.