Local and Northern Foods – Northern Inspired, Globally Edible

Saturday, May 13
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Public Event - all welcome
Anchorage Museum, 625 C St, Anchorage

The North by North Festival, May 11-14, will provide something for everyone – policy, business, music, dance, arts and crafts, local foods and norther beer, and crucial conversations.

Eight food trucks representing the Arctic nations – U.S., Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Each has a recipe from that nation, applied to fresh, wild Alaska seafood (cod, rockfish or salmon). In addition to their regular fare, bite size portions will be free to the public. A stamp for each in your culinary passport!

Innovate Arctic street food – demonstration/incubator kitchen featuring international and local chefs:

  • Chefs Aaron (Alyeska) and Shayna (Sacks Cafe)
  • Chef Viktor Örn Andrésson (Iceland) – named the Iceland Chef of the Year in 2013, Nordic Chef of the Year in 2014 and won two gold medals at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg in 2014. Most recently, Chef Viktor Örn Andrésson led the Iceland team to a bronze medal in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or 2017 Finale
  • Chef Nikolay Gabyshev (Russia, Sakha Republic) – chief chef at the Muus Khaya restaurant in Yakutsk, Yakutia; specializing in local horsemeat and fish.
  • Chef Jørn-Eirik Johnsen (Norway) – Based in Tromsø, Chef Johnsen is the Arctic Menu project manager for the Norwegian Hospitality Association, and worked previously in Emma’s Dream Kitchen and Brancos.

Transforming everyday Arctic foods, using local ingredients and northern applications, these chefs will produce a number of dishes that are innovative, unique and Arctic-infused Alaskan. Four small plates will be available for $10, with Wild Scoops ice cream a fifth for free. 50% of the proceeds will support the Alaska Food Policy Council.

Produced from this event will be a publication featuring interviews with the chefs, and the co-produced recipes they came up with.

Join us as well on Sunday, May 14, for a dialogue with the chefs and local foodies to discuss the “emerging food culture in the Arctic.” Curated by Bree Kessler and Dr. Liz Hodges Snyder (UAA; Chair, Alaska Food Policy Council), the lessons-learned will be included in the publication, Northern Inspired, Globally Edible.


The Local and Northern Foods Tasting is part of North by North – an introduction to and reclaiming of Arctic innovation, resilience and sustainability. Events are driven by local and public participation, spanning the circumpolar North. Visit www.nxnfestival.com for more information or register at www.akarctichostregistration.com.