Restaurant Day- a carnival of food

Restaurant Day is unique food carnival- founded by three friends: Antti Tuomola, Olli Sirén and Timo Santala. Their idea is simple:

…anyone can set up a restaurant, café or a bar for a day. It can happen anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit.


For me Restaurant day is amazing opportunity to test your own cooking, entrepreneur and custom service skills and meanwhile earn some extra cash! Also it`s great way of exploring different cultures through their traditional cuisine!


Watching all these happy sellers makes you want to experience what they are encountering! Although I have always been at the festival as a foodie- trying all kind of tasty stuff- I am thinking of testing my Restaurateur skills as well.  Well, maybe not during the winter edition of the festival 😀 . 

These are only few of the delicious things I have tried during all the Restaurant days I have visited in my 3 years of living in Helsinki. There are plenty of sweet things: muffins, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, creams…whatever you can think of you will probably find it. Apart from sweets you can taste all kind of savoury dishes as well. As for the pricing- it varies but for a menu you can pay between 5 and 10 euros which is relatively normal in Helsinki. The cupcakes are around 2-4 euros each. 


Restaurant Day is the world’s biggest food carnival and happens worldwide four times a year. In the past Restaurant Days all together about 22 000 one-day restaurants by over 88 000 restaurateurs have catered for estimated 2.5 million customers in 72 countries.

The food festival is especially appreciated by the little visitors 😉 


I haven`t been to many festivals before I came to Finland. That`s why I find it great living in a place where you can always explore new things and visit different carnivals, plenty of which are free of charge or doesn`t necessary require spending a lot of money. In my previous post I wrote about The Annual Samba Carnival in Helsinki  which was also a great experience!


The next Restaurant Day is on 21.11.2015. More information you can find on the Festival`s official website or on their Facebook page

If you like reading about my expat life in Finland read more here.





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