Not many people plan an epicurean tour to Finland. The reason is pretty obvious; the culinary landscape of Europe is majorly subjugated by countries like Italy and France, thus resulting in negligence of other culinary heritages. Finland has its name in the gastronomy industry. Its deep rooted culinary tradition and cuisines combined with a variety of ingredients and multicultural flavors.
Trying Finland’s traditional cuisine is a must. It mainly comprises seasonal foods often dependent on staples such as turnips, potatoes and cabbages. Fresh seafood is widely served at the best Finnish restaurants. Fish comes in different dishes. Cold smoked fish, gravlax salmon and lox are more common dishes. Another traditional dish to try is Finnish meatball. The dish is made up of either reindeer or beef often mixed or combined with chopped onions and breadcrumbs. Turning your eyes to the sweet dish, Mammi is really tasty and very popular. It has a long history dating back to the thirteenth century.
A special dish from the region of Savonia is kalakukko. Even if you have had it before, you can certainly distinguish it as you order kalakukko at one of Savonia’s best restaurants. It is prepared with fish inside baked in a loaf of bread. Sometimes you will find pork and bacon inside it, often marinated with salt. Kuopio is the capital of Savonia and is the real home to kalakukko. The dish makes a perfect lunch for office goers and workers away from their home.
This epicurean tour will take you closer to Finland’s most commonly hunted and dearest animals; reindeer. Almost all meat lovers in the country prefer reindeer dishes the most. According to the locals, the meat of reindeer is tasty. Its tenderness and consistency has earned it a place on top of the gastronomy list.