Restaurant Day: Pop Up Food Festival

Restaurant Day is one of my favourite food festivals in Helsinki and is held a few times per year. Although it’s world wide, it is especially big in Finland. Everybody can open their own pop up restaurant which can be in the city, in the backyard or even at home. For one day you don’t need a license to serve food. Just a table, a barbeque or even a blanket on the grass and then you can sell self-made goods. You reserve a location online so your customers can find you or you can find nice places to wander around and have a taste yourself.

It’s a perfect opportunity to try something new and foreign. I think the mixture of cultures in Helsinki make this food festival so great. Lots of different flavours, food from all the corners of the world, no matter if you’re a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan.

I had actually planned to put a little café up myself this time but for some reason I didn’t really have time to prepare anything. Maybe next time.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki
The statue dedicated to Zachris Topelius was having a drink

Instead, Tiia and I had a look around Esplanadi first. We were there in the early afternoon and it was packed with people!

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

A nice little Turkish place sold Köfte which I just couldn’t pass without trying them myself. They came directly from the grill and were delicious!

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

I have to say the food places were a bit more commercial than last time. A lot of actual restaurants had opened up a booth and also a few market stands that sold their food for the normal price. Instead of fighting our way through the crowd, we decided to go to the Old Church Park.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

Tiia spotted a vegan place and bought a seitan kebab at Soul Mama’s Kitchen. It’s also a restaurant in Helsinki but for some reason we haven’t made it there yet. The kebab was really great. The seitan itself spicy and tender. Maybe we’ll find the time soon to pay the restaurant a visit.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

There are always too many places to choose from and too little space in the stomach!

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki
The old grave stones in the middle of the park

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

Unfortunately there are never enough trash bins around but at least people tried to arrange their waste around them so it can be picked up easier later.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

After our savoury food tour it was time for some dessert! We stopped at a little stand where some girls sold oriental cakes.

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

For the way home Tiia bought a little cake pop. Maybe next time I’ll write a post from our own pop up restaurant.

Stef

2women2cats: Restaurant Day, Helsinki

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