Food festivals take over the streets

Helsinki Restaurant Day

Picture: Saara Salama / Visit Finland

Restaurant Day is an original Finnish idea, a food carnival where anybody can open a pop-up restaurant for a day.

The restaurants can be anywhere – at a park, at a private home or a workplace – and serve anything from cakes to intestines, from organic specialities to ethnic dishes.

Restaurant Day is celebrated four times a year, in February, May, August and November.

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Taste of Helsinki takes place in mid-June in Kansalaistori.

This food festival calls itself a boutique picnic where the best Finnish restaurants prepare the food for you. This year the festival takes place June 15th–18th.

Dinner in the Sky is an international event that visits Helsinki for the fifth time this year.

A table with 22 guests is suspended at a height of 50 metres to enjoy a dinner cooked exclusively for them by local top chefs.

The event takes place at Rautatientori, August 8th–13th.

It is not to be confused with the similarly named Dinner under the stars (”Illallinen taivaan alla” in Finnish), a food event that will spread throughout Finland.

Part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, the event will encourage people to hold a dinner party and invite guests to a public space or their own home on the last weekend in August.

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