TOP food festivals

Source: Aron Urb

TOP food festivals

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.

Tuulekala (Wind Fish) Festival

Hiiu maakond, Orjaku küla

25.05.2019 - 25.05.2019

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.  

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Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

25.05.2019 - 25.05.2019

Narva TASTES The restaurants, bars and cafés of Narva, Narva-Jõesuu and other regions take part in the event. Visitors can take a look at the selection of the food that is offered and one ticket  allows you to taste one dish by any entrepreneur. A ticket costs 2 euro.  All ticket stubs participate in a draw.

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Italian wine party

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

31.05.2019 - 01.06.2019

The wine party began with the idea of introducing Haapsalu’s twin town Greve, located in the Chianti region of Italy. Wine is offered by the majority of Estonian importers as well as by their Italian partners. The wine party begins on Friday in Haapsalu’s cafés with Italian wine tastings. On Saturday, a wine contest will be held in Haapsalu’s Old Town, which will reveal the favorite Italian red wine, white wine, and Prosecco of Haapsalu.

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Good Food Festival – Grillfest

Pärnu maakond, Pärnu

07.06.2019 - 08.06.2019

Grillfest takes place on the beautiful meadow by Vallikääru in Pärnu in June, every year. For two days, 300 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.

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Tallinn Street Food Festival

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

08.06.2019 - 09.06.2019

The largest street food festival in Estonia! At the festival, you will find carefully selected caterers who offer high-quality ‘classic’ street food with a fresh, surprising, and exotic twist. There will also be many foreign caterers, food trucks, and representatives of the national cuisine. This year, one of the main focus groups of the festival is children, for whom food providers create child-friendly and healthy meals. You can participate in educational workshops and enjoy the performance of street musicians and artists. There are activities and meals for both younger and older guests!

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Tartu Street Food Festival & Festival TaDaa!

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

15.06.2019 - 16.06.2019

Tartu Street Food Festival, taking place for a second time, is a major international street food event, which introduces the latest food trends. The festival offers street food from foodtrucks, pop-up street cafes, top restaurants, and alternative chefs. As the Republic of Estonia will be celebrating its 100th anniversary, the festival will focus on Estonian street food and its new flavours. TaDaa! Festival is an international street artists' festival, which brings together dozens of artists from Estonia and abroad. During two days, you can enjoy performances by street theatres, musicians, circus and fire artists, and other entertainers.

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Kärdla Café Day

Hiiu maakond, Hiiu vald

01.08.2019 - 04.08.2019

The Kärdla Café Day is a unique event on the shores of the Baltic Sea. On the first Saturday in August, 15 cafés open their doors and gates in private yards, public squares and places that have so far been hidden from the public. The town of Kärdla will be filled to the brim with the smell of coffee and fresh pastries. Come enjoy a coffee and summer at this coffee lovers' celebration in Hiiumaa!

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Tartu Food and Wine Festival

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

02.08.2019 - 04.08.2019

Tartu Food and Wine Festival offers authentic Estonian flavours from small producers and pop-up restaurants from South-Estonia, as well as a rich selection of wines. Guests can participate in open tastings and get advice from the best Estonian sommeliers. In addition to the food and wine, there is an entertainment programme for the whole family, a unique gourmet dinner, home cafes in the city districts, a night promenade by the Emajõgi, an area for children, and much more.

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Café Day in Setomaa

Võru maakond, Setomaa vald

17.08.2019 - 18.08.2019

On Café Day, we invite visitors to farmyards to taste local dishes from locally sourced ingredients.  Traditional Seto foods, such as sõir cheese, suulliim cold soup, and kikkaseenepiirak mushroom pies, will all be served. These and other interesting local dishes will be available at Setomaa family cafés all day. Each café also sells their products: you can eat them on the spot or take them to go. On Sunday, cafés offer left-overs.

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Tahkuranna cucumberfestival

Pärnu maakond, Tahkuranna küla

20.08.2019 - 20.08.2019

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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Lüübnitsa Onion & Fish Fair

Võru maakond, Lüübnitsa küla

24.08.2019 - 25.08.2019

In the Seto region, the summer catch and crops - fish and vegetables - are ready to be sold. Onion and garlic take centre stage. Visitors can buy handicrafts and take part in food and photo competitions. Children can find out how men carve wood and what it's like being a blacksmith's apprentice.

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Peipsi Food Street 175 km

Jõgeva maakond, Mustvee linn

24.08.2019 - 25.08.2019

Peipsi Food Street 175 km will take place during the first weekend of August from Vasknarva to Saabolda. Pop-up restaurants will be opened on a road that is 175 km long in total. The restaurants offer dishes and drinks made only from the pure raw ingredients of Peipsi County. The owners of the restaurants are both locals and guests from all over Estonia. We welcome you to participate in the event and enjoy and buy the amazing food!

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Kallaste Fish & Onion Fair

Tartu maakond, Kallaste linn

31.08.2019 - 31.08.2019

Kallaste Fish & Onion Fair has become a traditional late summer event in Kallaste. Held on the last weekend in August every year, it attracts people not only from the local area but also from other parts of Estonia, and even abroad. A range of items are sold at the fair but the crowning gem among them is the famous onion grown on the fields by the Lake Peipus. In addition the fair itself there is a diverse cultural programme including handicraft workshops, traditional cooking, boat rides on Lake Peipus, children's shows and more. The festivities culminate in an evening dance and fireworks.

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Saaremaa Food Festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

05.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

The heart of the summer is over by September, but Saaremaa continues to smile invitingly and deliciously to all. Rye that has escaped the heat of the summer is golden in the most fertile soil of the island. Potato is turning another side in the earth. Vegetables, who sleep in the daytime and grow at night, are counting the stars in the sky all over Saaremaa. Fruits are deliciously plump and are blushing due to their virgin ripeness. Clean air and sea breeze – it is Freshness. Real Freshness. Especially in the beginning of September, when Mother Earth has blessed us by offering it’s best sons and daughters. Saaremaa Food Festival, born in 2014, offers fascinating program for a whole week, so there is just one thing to say: Proper food makes merry mood!

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Buffet day on Onion Road

Tartu maakond, Alatskivi alevik

14.09.2019 - 14.09.2019

The tradition of home cafes has become a thing of honour in Estonia in recent years. The Peipus area and Onion Road have also taken up this tradition. In mid-September, the locals will open the doors to their lovely homes and offer the best recipes handed down from generation to generation. This is a day full of joy, good local food and different meetings with old friends and interesting local people.

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Lamprey Festival in Narva-Jõesuu

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva-Jõesuu linn

28.09.2019 - 28.09.2019

Lampreys are a very rare species of fish; however, in Narva-Jõesuu, lampreys have been fished since prehistoric times. During the traditional Lapmrey Festival, a fish market is open for fishermen as well as those who simply love fish. Here you can buy fresh fish as well as various fish products. You can also try different dishes made of lampreys. You can also go out on the river with fishermen to see for yourself how lampreys are caught. The lamprey is a fish with a body like a snake's and resembling an eel at first glance.

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Last updated : 16.05.2018

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