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Travel Ideas - Connect Finnish nature with traditional Finnish food in Finnish Lake District

Submitted by Visit Plus on Fri, 09/29/2023 - 22:32

If you are already dreaming of where to travel in 2024, consider a trip to Finland. Another reason to visit Finland has recently appeared - the Saimaa region in Finland has been awarded the title of European Gastronomy Region 2024. Combine Finnish nature with traditional Finnish food in the Finnish Lakeland (Finnish lake district).

The Saimaa region in Finland has been awarded the title of European Gastronomy Region 2024 by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT). This region of Finland was chosen for their commitment to local food and cultural uniqueness.

Eastern Finland is a very interesting region for tourists. Nature is the main attraction of this region. Lake Saimaa gives a special charm to this region.

The landscape of southeastern Finland can be described as an intricate combination of water and land. Lake Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland and the fourth largest freshwater lake in Europe. In fact, this is a collection of many lakes, islands, channels. These are very beautiful places! Don't take my word for it! Come (summer) and see for yourself.

This region (like Finland as a whole) attracts tourists with its clean nature, calming silence, clear water, wild forests and ecological cleanliness. This is a good place for summer holidays.

The European gastronomic region Saimaa covers three regions of Eastern Finland: South Savo, South Karelia and North Karelia. The most famous cities are: Mikkieli, Savonlinna, Lappeenranta, Imatra, Joensuu.

What interesting things can the lake region of Finland offer to lovers of delicious food? There are many regions in the world famous for their food. We all know such concepts as Mediterranean cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Mexican cuisine and others. What do you know about Finnish cuisine? Go to Finland and find out for yourself.

In our opinion, nature is the main attraction of Finland and the Saimaa region in particular. There are many fish in Lake Saimaa. The forests of Finland are full of wild berries and mushrooms. Created using these local products, local dishes are of the greatest interest to gourmets.

These can be, for example:

  • Local fish dishes.
  • Desserts prepared using local, wild-growing berries (blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, cranberries, cloudberries).
  • Berry wines.
  • Traditional Finnish dishes.

Some traditional dishes from the Lake District of Finland:

  • Kalakeitto (Finnish fish soup).
  • Lohikeitto (salmon soup with cream). Delicious
  • Karjalanpaisti (a traditional meat stew originating from the region of Karelia).
  • Karjalanpiirakka (traditional pasties originating from the region of Karelia). 🙂
  • Ryynimakkara (a type of sausage in Finnish cuisine containing groats).
  • Rieska (Finnish thin unleavened bread).
  • Särä (traditional South Karelian lamb and potato dish).
  • Mustikkapiirakka (Blueberry pie).

Probably every nation has its own national dish. In a vote organized in 2017, rye bread was chosen as the official national food of Finland.

Various events will be organized in 2024 to support the title of a gastronomic region in Europe. Most likely, these will be events not only in the field of nutrition, but also culture and art. Come to Finland for authentic local cuisine and a relaxing holiday surrounded by nature.

Surely you will be interested in trying Finnish cuisine. We don't know if you like it or not.

In our opinion, the main attraction of the Finnish lake region lies in nature. It will be great to combine charming Finnish nature and simple Finnish food.

Just imagine: on a sunny, summer day, you are sitting on the terrace of a cafe on the lakeshore and drinking coffee with a Korvapuusti bun. Simple pleasures are the best.


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