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.

See www.restaurantday.org/en/ for more information.

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.

http://www.tasteofhelsinki.fi/en/

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.

http://www.dinnerinthesky.fi/en/

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.

http://illallinentaivaanalla.yhteismaa.fi/en/

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