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The Icelandic Pantry at London’s Borough Market

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The Icelandic Pantry at London’s Borough Market

Hot-smoked mackerel on Icelandic flatbread.

Photo: Áslaug Snorradóttir.

Fourteen Icelandic artisan food producers will be selling their products at London’s famous Borough Market for the first time, October 7-10. At The Icelandic Pantry, blueberry-cured lamb, the world’s only geothermally-produced sea salt and an eco-whey drink with wild berries, Iceland moss and Arctic thyme, will be among the specialties presented.

The country’s different regions will be represented with organic lambs fed on angelica to give the meat a special flavor from West Iceland, hot-smoked mackerel and marinated herring from East Iceland and artisan rhubarb brittle from South Iceland.

Reykjavík-based bakery Sandholt will sell freshly-fried kleina (twisted doughnuts) at the market, and Omnom will present it range of bean-to-bar chocolates.

Some foods will provide an insight into Iceland’s culinary history, such as a special flatbread which has been made in Iceland since the settlement in the 9th century.

Farmers markets are growing in popularity in Iceland and The Icelandic Pantry is the country’s largest artisanal food fair, taking place in Reykjavík three times a year. Now its founders, Eirný Sigurðardóttir and Hlédís Sveinsdóttir, are traveling with 14 of the Icelandic producers to London.

“The Icelandic Pantry event is an opportunity for the city’s food lovers to sample and learn about Icelandic cuisine,” Borough Market’s David Matchett stated in a press release. “Icelandic people are among the healthiest on earth and are also one of the most resourceful, living in a harsh and unforgiving environment. They also have a focus on sustainability, which is a way of life rather than an aspiration.”

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