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Five events you can't miss at the Nordic food festival

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo

The second annual Nordic food festival North will take over the city this fall with a week’s worth of dinners, tastings and workshops. From Sept. 12–20, Nordic-inspired chefs—including Leif Sørensen, Frida Ronge (Gothenburg’s vRÅ), Fredrik Berselius (Aska) and Mads Refslund (Acme)—will host collaborative dinners at restaurants around Gotham, lead cooking classes at the International Culinary Center, compete in a hot dog competition, and introduce you to Brooklyn Brewery’s Stockholm sister, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet. There are nearly 20 events to choose from but we’ve rounded up our top five picks you can’t miss:

Free Gevalia kaffee (Sept. 13)
Learn the Swedish art of frika—a break for coffee and conversation—with complimentary cafés and lessons on brewing the best cup. North pop-up shop, 168 Bowery at Kenmare St; 10am; free.

Street Food Festival (Sept. 14)
Brooklyn Brewery will host a beer and bites tasting, where you can try the chefs’ favorite Scandinavian small plates and drink craft beer inside the brewery. Entrance to the event is free, but food tickets ($20) and beer tokens are sold separately. Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St between Berry and Wythe Sts, noon–6pm; free 

Nordic Hot Dog Championship (Sept. 15)
Chefs Sami Tallberg, Neal Fraser, Leif Sørensen, Frida Ronge and Fredrik Berselius will vie for the title of top dog at this culinary competition, where you can taste test the franks, drink coffee and cider and take advantage of an open beer bar. Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St between Berry and Wythe Sts, 5­–9pm; $49

Exclusive dinner: West Sweden and Gothenburg (Sept. 17)
vRÅ's Frida Ronge merges Asian influences with traditional Western Swedish cooking for a multi-course meal that includes wine and coffee. North pop-up shop, 168 Bowery at Kenmare St, 7–11pm; $149

Free Swedish craft beer tasting (Sept. 18)
Sip on suds from Brooklyn Brewery’s Stockholm sister, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, and learn about the Swedish varietals from Brooklyn brewmaster Garret Oliver and Nya head chef Billy White. North pop-up shop, 168 Bowery at Kenmare St, noon–5pm; free.

With big names and free tastings, these events will most likely sell out, so snag tickets at


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