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First Day of Winter and Meat Soup Feast Coming Up

The Icelandic Meat Soup Day, an annual festival held on the official First Day of Winter according to the old Icelandic calendar, this year on October 22, will be held on Skólavördustígur in downtown Reykjavík today, starting at 2 pm.


Traditional Icelandic meat soup. Photo: ESA.

Traditional Icelandic kjötsúpa, lamb and vegetable soup, will be served for free to passers-by where different chefs present their twist on the hearty meal. This year, approximately 800 liters of prime meat soup will be on offer, reports.

Among participating chefs are Úlfar Eysteinsson at Thrír frakkar, Gústav Alex Gunnlaugsson at Sjávargrillid and Eiríkur Ingi Fridgeirsson at Hotel Holt.

At a press conference at Hotel Holt, Eysteinsson said taking his time and affectionate cooking is his secret to making a good soup, while Gunnlaugsson revealed that a tiny portion of chili and plenty of herbs is his trick.

Fridgeirsson, on the other hand, stated that boiling the soup slowly and for a long time is what delivers the best results. The soup is best on the second day or even the third, he added.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow on how to make a traditional Icelandic meat soup and here to watch a video of an annual pagan ceremony which takes place on the first day of winter.


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