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Icelandic knitting, Copenhagen hot dogs and more at NORTH 2015

Beyond IKEA and FIKA Espresso, there's so much about Scandinavian culture that appeals to New Yorkers.

Booking a flight to Reykjavík is tempting, but if you don't want to miss a single essential New York fall day, stay in town this weekend for NORTH!

The Nordic Food Festival is back in the Big Apple for its third year, with a headquarters at 39 Charles St.

Here's how to visit Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and beyond without even whipping out your passport this week.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Sweden

Skip Red Hook's IKEA and delve into Swedish
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Skip Red Hook's IKEA and delve into Swedish culture this Thursday.

Kick off your Nordic festivities with a free Scandic Haymarket at noon, promising a celebration of "the country that gave us ABBA, IKEA and Spotify" as well as Swedish food and drink. Meatballs, anyone?

At 4 p.m., head to the Crayfish Party, featuring Swedish sing-alongs, sips of aquavit and $20 plates of traditionally boiled crayfish.

If you want to get a bit classier, grab a seat at "An Evening in Stockholm." This pop-up will feature cuisine from Michelin-starred Stockholm restaurant Volt paired with Swedish Rekorderlig Cider. Tickets are $150.

Friday, Sept. 25: Finland

Celebrate Finland Day starting at noon on Friday.
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Celebrate Finland Day starting at noon on Friday. BBQ, sustainable and gourmet Finnish bites and plenty of enthusiasm for Finland are promised for #FinlandFriday with chefs Richard McCormick and Kari Aihinen.

Grab a second lunch at the #FoodHelYeah Helsinki Street Eats event at 3 p.m., where Finnish street food and drink will be available for purchase.

Saturday, Sept. 26: Iceland

From 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can
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From 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can immerse yourself in all things Icelandic. Wake up in Iceland with a nine-course Icelandic brunch. Dishes will include smoked trout and pancakes, grilled prime of lamb with skyr rhubarb dressing, traditional Icelandic fish stew, with geothermal cooked rye bread, and, of course, cocktails.

Steinunn Harðardóttir will lead an Icelandic knitting demonstration at 1 p.m. with exported Icelandic wool -- there are more Icelandic sheep than Icelanders!

At 2 p.m., toast to Iceland with a free Reyka Vodka Cocktail Class and get ready to dance to musical performances by Hermigervill, Margrét Hjaltested and Friends and Curver Thoroddsen.

If Icelandic cuisine stumps you, head to the Q&A with World Champion and Bocuse d?Or contestant Chef Thráinn Freyr Vigfusson of Blue Lagoon?s LAVA restaurant and maybe get a recipe out of him.

Talk gender equality with Einar Gunnarsson, Iceland?s Permanent Representative to the United Nations at 4:30 and discuss the global conversation of gender equality worldwide and what makes Iceland a leader in equality.

In the evening, check out short films, music videos and even more Icelandic culture!

Sunday, Sept. 27: Denmark

Throughout Denmark Day, stop by the NORTH square
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Throughout Denmark Day, stop by the NORTH square to learn more about Danish culture and cuisine.

Danish pølse, extra-long hot dogs served with a bun on the side will be served with Danish beer at a smorrebrod of classic Danish street food starting at noon. Brooklyn's very own Revolving Dansk will be selling their signature Copenhagen Street Dog.


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