TOP food festivals of 2017

TOP food festivals of 2017

Source: Aron Urb

The summer and autumn are rich seasons for Estonian cuisine. Regional food events showcase local ingredients like herring, flounder, apples, pickles and even dandelions. You can sample cuisine from the best restaurants in Tallinn, Pärnu and Haapsalu while strolling outside in the sunshine. From traditional recipes to modern Baltic fair, come taste the flavours of Estonia this year.

RäimeWest herring festival

Pärnu maakond, Lao küla

13.05.2017 - 13.05.2017

People measure time in these parts by the herring catch - which breathes new life into the village after a long and tiring winter. The smoke rising from ovens, the boats puttering through the water and the calls of seabirds are inseparable parts of the landing of the catch. The festival that accompanies it showcases coastal fishing and local fish culture for fishermen, locals and visitors alike.

Dandelion festival in the Romantic Coastline

Pärnu maakond, Kihlepa küla

13.05.2017 - 14.05.2017

The Dandelion festival invites you to welcome spring. There are many workshops about dandelions: making dandelion coffee, canning workshop, making an herbarium. Dandelion is the star of many workshops and there are many more interesting activities. You can listen to lectures about dandelion wine, the innovative use of local natural resources and improving tourism products. There are musicians performing on both days, the participants can also just pick dandelions and enjoy the surrounding nature.

Järva maakond, Koigi küla

20.05.2017 - 20.05.2017

Tuulekala (Wind Fish) Festival

Hiiu maakond, Orjaku küla

27.05.2017 - 27.05.2017

Tuulekala Festival will bring together all those who are constantly facing the sea and those who appreciate good food, dancing, and the stories of fishermen. Guests of the festival can see trolley rigs set up for garfish, select the best dish made from fish, and see who was the most successul fisher. The evening will end with dancing as the band "Untsakad" will perform. The garfish, whom the people of Hiiumaa call the fish of wind, is an expected guest as each year, with the southwest winds of the spring, it comes here for a short month from the Atlantic to spawn. Its long jaws and green bones make it one of the most unique fish to catch from the Baltic Sea. The arrival of the garfish in Hiiumaa is an event on its own and locals start talking about it at the beginning of May, or earlier.  

Tallinn Street Food Festival & TaDaa! Festival 2017

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

10.06.2017 - 11.06.2017

The best street gourmet is waiting for you! Tallinn Street Food Festival is the largest and most innovative event dedicated to street food in Estonia. More than 60 food and drink places are open at the festival – cafes and restaurants in Telliskivi Creative City, food trucks, pop-up kitchens, and guest caterers from abroad.  TaDaa! Festival is an international festival of street artists. For two days, visitors can enjoy more than 40 hours of entertainment in the middle of streets, right before the eyes of the visitor. An international selection of professional street musicians, acrobats and artists performing high in the air, fire artists, dancers, and improv artists will perform there.

The food culture festival Good Food Festival – Grillfest

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

10.06.2016 - 10.06.2017

Grillfest takes place on the beautiful meadow by Vallikääru in Pärnu in June, every year. For two days, 250 caterers from Estonia and abroad serve their best fare. We have outdoor restaurants, cafés and even a pet restaurant. You can enjoy the Good Food Fair, the national fishing championships and food preparation competitions; a large and exciting play area is available for children. The festival has performances by excellent artists on various stages; music styles offer something to every taste. Both days of the festival end with magnificent fireworks. After Grill Parties take place at festival clubs. Everyone is welcome to the Grillfest; the entrance is free of charge! Timetable is available on our website.

Tartu Food Festival 2017

Tartu maakond, Tartu

11.08.2017 - 13.08.2017

The Food Festival introduces and serves a wide variety of food, fruit and vegetables from small Estonian producers, as well as healthy and delicious snacks and meals prepared from local produce by the cafés and restaurants of Tartu. Musicians and stimulating presentations from experts of healthy eating and active lifestyle help to establish the atmosphere. The entire family will find plenty to do. Come and enjoy the great celebration of Estonian food!

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Hiiu maakond, Kõrgessaare alevik

13.08.2016 - 12.08.2017

Flounderfest is a festival for the whole family and it aims to introduce the traditions of the area and local fishers, offer traditional meals, and possibilities for purchasing fresh fish. Historically, Kõrgessaare has been a region of the fishing industry and fishermen and during the festival, it is possible to get to know the local life. The event is free for everybody and the place can be accessed by boat. At the event, it is also possible to go seafaring.

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Street Food Festival – Haapsalu's Promenade of Flavours (Haapsalu Maitsete Promenaad) 2017

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu

19.08.2017 - 19.08.2017

The festival takes place in the Old Town and on that day, the entire Karja Street becomes a promenade of flavours. Haapsalu welcomes anyone to the festival who has a passion for food, flavours, and summer in Haapsalu. The festival programme also includes interesting concerts and performances on the stage of the Citizen Tower.

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Pickle festival

Pärnu maakond, Tahkuranna küla

20.08.2016 - 20.08.2017

Cucumbers, fish and crafts have been the allies for coastal people for centuries. In order to make sure that these three words and the activities related to them will never end, local people will organize the pickle festival. Interesting recipes will be shared, guests can taste both pickles and fish and there are also many workshops open. Come with your entire family, because there are activities for everyone for the whole day!

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Pärnu Maitsete Uulits – Street Food Festival

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

26.08.2017 - 27.08.2017

During a weekend in August, one of the most active streets of the summer capital will experience a real trip to the paradise of flavours. Supeluse Street will be the destination for larger and smaller food trucks from near and afar, and they will offer the best that food has to offer. The keywords include fresh, modern, exciting, and, naturally, extremely tasty street food, made from seasonal, healthy, and preferably local ingredients. Grab your food and drink, and move on!

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Summer Into the Jar Harvest festival

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

26.08.2017 - 27.08.2017

The last summer event in Narva Castle’s Northern Yard is the traditional Festival “Summer into a Jar”. Usually, during the first day of the event berries and frits are preserved and jammed, while on the second day the preservation of vegetables and mushrooms is done. You can share your experiences, exchange the recipes and try some unusual ideas. If visitors wish to take part in the Festival and “trap summer in a jar” they should inform organizers in advance.

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Saaremaa Food Festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare

04.09.2017 - 10.09.2017

Great local flavours are mixed together at the Saaremaa Food Festival, which takes place in September. The event brings great food closer to local residents and introduces the food culture of the county to a wider public. Locals and naturally all our visitors are welcome to participate in the fascinating programme that lasts for a week.

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8th Türi Apple Festival

Järva maakond, Türi linn

30.09.2017 - 30.09.2017

At Türi Apple Festival, you can buy and taste apples, and ask for advice from specialists. Participants will offer pastries, preserves, snacks, drinks, plants, and everything else that is related to apples. Guests can participate in public trainings, contests of apple products, and enjoy the festival's cultural programme.

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Pärnu Café Week

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

07.10.2017 - 15.10.2017

In addition to Restaurant Week, the people of Pärnu are now also having a Café Week. The feedback for Restaurant Week was exceedingly positive and the chefs of Pärnu built a fun mutual synergy with which to go on.  21 various cafés of Pärnu are involved in Café Week offers. During Café Week, meals consisting of salad, dessert and a cup of tea/coffee are offered for €7. How to participate? Special offer is available on every day of Café Week from opening to closing, but the participating cafés have a limited number of special offers for every day - we reccommend book a table directly at the café via email or phone at least 1 hour in advance

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Lamprey Festival 'Silm Suhu' in the restaurants of Narva and Narva-Jõesuu

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

13.10.2016 - 12.11.2017

The restaurants of Narva and Narva-Jõesuu are organising a Lamprey Festival "Silm Suhu!". The first Lamprey Festival "Silm Suhu", that took place in Narva and Narva-Jõesuu restaurants in 2015, turned out to be very popular; this time, the Festival is going to last five days. During the Lamprey Festival, you can try fascinating lamprey dishes. The chefs have a simple but creative task to prepare something special and delicious that would surprise any gourmand. Each restaurant can choose what it serves – be it a starter, a soup, a salad or a dessert, as long as it is made mainly of lamprey.

Tallinn Restaurant Week 2017

Harju maakond, Tallinn

01.11.2017 - 05.11.2017

Tallinn Restaurant Week declares the first week of November as the week to celebrate good food and good restaurants. For one week Tallinn becomes a foodie heaven.

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Last updated : 26.06.2017

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