Last month we visited the so-called Restaurant Day in Helsinki. In Finnish it is called “Ravintola Päivä” , was first held in 2011 and is apparently today the world biggest food festival in the world (17th of August 2014 in 30 different countries). Anybody can participate and sell their self-made food during that day, both professional restaurants and normal people you may encounter there. I hope I got the basics right as I have not much experience with it and rather focus more on the food offered there than on the idea or system behind it.
As I understand people are either offering food in their own homes or sell it on the street at their own stands. We decided to visit the biggest cluster of stands this August in the Helsinki city center at Esplanadi. First of all, it was a mess to find a parking space for our car! I don’t know how we managed but after endless driving around I found a spot very close to the event. The next problem was to get through the masses of people. It was seriously packed there, it reminded me on some public events in China where you are basically stucked and can’t move anywhere. The biggest problem was then to get through with a baby stroller…
What can I say, even though it was so troublesome to get around there due to the amount of people but it was also enjoyable. No not that I enjoy masses of sweaty people on a summer day but everywhere was food from around the globe! I tried to take picture of the different stands but that proofed impossible as every time I got close enough to a stand I had not enough time to take proper pictures before being pushed away again. There was so much food but my wallet was just not thick enough to support and all out eating event.
Few more pictures can be seen in the gallery. The restaurant day was the last “event” we attended in Finland and lets see when we attend our first event in Germany!