The Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, together with the D.C. public schools’ Office of Food & Nutrition Services and the DC Embassy Adoption Program, will bring Nordic food to all 45,000 students at 125 DC schools on Nordic Food Day, the first ever celebration of international food and culture at D.C. public schools.
The purpose of Nordic Food Day is to expose students to new, nutritious, appetizing foods in school while encouraging them to recreate these recipes with their parents or guardians at home. A Nordic cook book with easy do-it-yourself recipes will be distributed to DCPS students on the day of the event.
Beginning on October 25, Nordic “Food Mentors” sponsored by Nordic Innovation will be visiting 20 schools to introduce DCPS students to Nordic culture and culinary tradition. On October 26, authentic Nordic dishes, including Swedish meatballs, Norwegian salmon, Finnish rye bread and Icelandic inspired Skyr, along with Danish inspired open-faced sandwiches, will be served to all students for breakfast, lunch and supper. Menu items will be prepared by five Nordic chef apprentices who will be visiting Washington as winners of a Nordic culinary competition.
Four elementary schools which have been paired with the Nordic countries through the D.C. Embassy Adoption Program will have special events take place during lunchtime on Nordic Food Day.
Nordic Day is the inaugural event for DCPS’ International Food Program. Four food days will be co-sponsored by D.C. embassies annually to introduce students to new tastes and cultural experiences, and to lay the foundation for increased cross-cultural exchange.
The Finnish Embassy hosts Nordic Food Day at River Terrace Elementary School on Wednesday, October 26. The embassy's chef, Mikko Kosonen, will serve healthy and delicious Finnish treats to the students, and singer Meri Siirala will perform Finnish music. The event will also feature puppet artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Juha Laukkanen and Finland's beloved Moomin characters.