As you might have guessed already by now – I really do love summer. Main reason is of course the unique possibility to enjoy sunny (if lucky) and warm (once again – if lucky) days. It’s the best time for road trips and outdoor activities. It’s also the time, when Helsinki has most interesting food and drinks events (like Craft beer Helsinki from one of my oldest posts).
In this post I would like to tell you about Herkkujen Suomi – Delicacies of Finland. This year Herkkujen Suomi was organized together with beer festival – Syystober (something like “September fest” I guess).
The event takes place in the heart of Helsinki – Railway Square, next to the Central Railway station. It starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday. Entrance is free of charge.
Here you’ll find a wide selection of Finnish flavors – food from farmers, small and medium size manufactures and producers. And will see all kinds of food – fish, sausages, cheese, jams, honey, juices, berries, pastries, different types of bread, fresh vegetable, porridge, etc.
If you are still hungry after tasting many different treats, I would suggest you to take grilled sausages or traditional blazed salmon (loimutettu lohi):
But if you wish to try “real” Finnish meal then you should buy reindeer or… bear plate! Yes, you’ve read it right, I did write BEAR! And yes, I have tried it! It has quite specific taste and smell but not as wicked as beaver’s meat. I liked it a lot! And it would be really cool to try bear steak with forest mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes one day. M-m-m… Just the thought of this dish makes my mouth water! What can I say, I do love good food!
Menu from top to bottom: sautéed bear, sautéed reindeer, salmon meal, pyttipannu (something like hash) with wild boar and delicacy platter.
Most important thing what I have learned about Finnish food is that it tastes much better if you add some garlic (valkosipuli in Finnish):
Easy to see which sausage is most delicious from those:
As for Syystober beer festival… it introduces you to a variety of beers (mainly from small breweries). And not just any beers but best beers what Finland can offer, including the winners of Finnish beer competition! You can also try traditional Finnish drink – sahti.
I wouldn’t call it beer though, rather – a beer drink.
So what is Herkkujen Suomi? It’s a combination of good local food and best local beer accompanied by live music.
Hope you enjoyed it!