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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

Streat Helsinki Eats

Sometimes I just love this city. Spring has arrived and Helsinki is finally alive again. The people on the streets actually look happy!

Helsinki cathedral

There’s always something happening in here, and on the Saturday 22nd of March there was a brand new street food festival called Streat Helsinki.  Over 30 little street restaurants offered everything from oysters to tacos.

Streat Helsinki TacoBot

Taco socks

It was a fine spring day with a cloudless sky, so naturally the streets were packed with people. Over 10 000 attended the festival! For once we were smart enough to avoid the biggest rush hours and went there at 11 am. Apparently in the afternoon the queues to the food stands were ridiculous.

Streat Helsinki

The food there was well worth the queuing. There were tons of vegetarian options, which was really nice for me personally. At least two stands were selling seitan kebab, but instead I decided to get Tokyo Seitan Burger from Richard McCormicks Burger Joint. It was just delicious. It was with marinaded seitan strips, sprouts, mint and coriander leaves and wasabi mayo. I have a feeling we will be trying to recreate this in the kitchen some time soon…

Tokyo Seitan Burger
Easily the best burger I’ve ever had

We also shared a vegan hot dog from Social Food Street. It was also really good, but not as jaw dropping as the burger. Although it didn’t say on the menu, I’m pretty sure the sausage was made out of black beans. It was served with grilled zucchini and paprika, rucola and mustard seeds.

Vege Koira

For dessert we shared a Dutch sirup waffle from Flying Dutchman. Unfortunately they only had one waffle maker and although the queue seemed small, we had to wait quite a bit.

Flying Dutchman

Dutch Sirup Waffle

What a great gastronomic Saturday we had. I really hope Streat Helsinki happens next year as well!

Tiia

Streat Helsinki

Streat Helsinki

Streat Helsinki
A little girl was playing in one of the last snow piles

Streat Helsinki