Gastronomy

Taste Finland

Taste Finland

The Market Square occupies a great site in the South Harbour at the eastern end of the two Esplanades.

Sausages and potatoes

Sausages and potatoes

The summer in Finland starts on 1st June.

Most Finns leave their city apartments for the tranquility of the countryside and their summer cottages, which are usually situated by lakes.

Harvest food

Harvest food

Harvest time in Finland comes in August and September.

People catch Baltic herring and flatfish from the sea, hunters shoot wild ducks and elk, and the forest yields its rich crops of edible mushrooms, lingonberries and cranberries.

Charmed by berries

Charmed by berries

The most popular Finnish desserts are made of berries.

Many tourists have been charmed by the combination of cold, part-frozen cranberries covered with a hot caramel sauce.

Announcement: Feedspot selects Discover Helsinki as Top 50 Gastronomy Blog on the web!

Announcement: Feedspot selects Discover Helsinki as Top 50 Gastronomy Blog on the web!

At Discover Helsinki we are pleased to announce that we have been selected by Feedspot as one of the Top 50 Gastronomy Blogs on the web!

The Baltic Sea – a Unique Ecosystem

The Baltic Sea – a Unique Ecosystem

Today, the sea plays still an important part in the lives of the Helsinki residents.

For example, there is an annual Baltic herring festival every October.

The week-long event, held in and around the Market Square, continues to be a great favourite. 

Casseroles and stews

Casseroles and stews

The main course on the Finnish buffet-table is usually roasted meat.

There are also different kinds of meat pots, such as karjalanpaisti, or Karelian stew, which is prepared using different kinds of meats, and simmered for a long time in the oven.

A Cavalcade of Four Gastronomic Seasons

A Cavalcade of Four Gastronomic Seasons

Finnish cuisine reflects the country’s location between east and west.

You can also taste the endless summer days and the long winters in what Finnish cuisine has to offer. This year, as Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence, Finnish cuisine is in the spotlight.

A variety of fish dishes 

A variety of fish dishes 

A survey of a Finnish buffet table will give a fair impression of the variety and range of Finnish cuisine.

Although quite similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord, the Finnish buffet has its own traditions, an important part of which is salted fish, including lightly salted whitefish and salmon, along with herring and Baltic herring in different kinds of sauces.

Local delicacies

Local delicacies

The four seasons and local specialities create a colourful display across the markets of Finland.

In Tampere, for example, they sell hot black sausages, in Finnish (mustamakkara) and lingonberry sauce; in Turku, rusinamakkara, or raisin sausages, while in Pori in the autumn, fresh grilled river lampreys are sold in the market square. 

Joys of spring

Joys of spring

The arrival of Eastertide is a sign that the long winter is coming to its end.

Mämmi, a malt-based pudding served with cream and sugar, is probably the most well-known.

You either love it or hate it as it tends to be an acquired taste.