The Icelandic midwinter festival Thorrablot ha…

The Icelandic midwinter festival Thorrablot has begun, running from mid-January to mid-February. Originally a sacrificial festival, it was abolished during the Christianisation of Iceland but revived in the 19th century. It is now a celebration of unusual delicacies such as boiled sheep’s head, fermented shark and cured ram’s testicles. Many of the festival feasts involve food cured with lactic acid, fermented or dried, to harkening back to a time without refrigeration.