Hi all! Summer is here (well, sort of…it’s the type of weather when Californians put on Uggs)! And it means that the number of festivals, markets and urban events in Helsinki increased drastically. Now more than ever it’s crucial to follow Visit Helsinki and Helsinki-Info magazine as they always have the best suggestions.
Out of all events I strongly recommend going to street food festivals. They always have different participants – it’s never the same! Small cafes, truck cafes, fancy restaurants, local and foreign, with various menus for all tastes. It’s a great experience!
Today was the Street Food Thursday at Teurastamo. Teurastamo used to be a slaughterhouse, but in 90s, as the city developed and more people moved to newly constructed apartment houses, all operations of the slaughterhouse stopped. Nowadays, it’s an open space area with restaurants, cafes and shops. For example, butcher shop (of course!) that also offers grilled dishes, Pasta Factory, B-Smokery, and Ho’s Food. Offices of some local businesses are also located here – Radio Helsinki, kitchen school and flavor laboratory Flavor Studio, Helsinki Distilling Company, to name a few.
This time there were only few participants, but the assortment was very good: Liesikiesi, Richard McCormick’s, Soi Soi Kasvisravintolat, Sandro and Bel Gaufres. DJs were playing music, and kids with parents were resting in hammocks. Pretty cozy and lazy back atmosphere 🙂
Line to Sandro was quite long, and we chose Liesikiesi. It had two options for burgers and a few extras. We went for a PigBoy slider – a perfect combo featuring pulled pork, cole slaw and fries with chipotle dip. Awesome!
After walking around a bit we saw an ice cream bar. OMG, this was so good! I have to come back for more! It’s called “Jädelino”. These guys make ice cream right there! It explains a heavenly fresh taste. There are 12 flavors, and it’s really hard to make a choice 🙂
All in all, it’s been a very good experience. Sun doesn’t come often to this part of the world, so these 3 months with extra long days and bright nights is a perfect time to get out and enjoy a vibrant city life 🙂