TOP food festivals this summer/autumn

Source: Aron Urb

TOP food festivals this summer/autumn

The summer and autumn are busy 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. Our list of events is by no means final, as new festivals pop up all the time.

Tuulekala (Wind Fish) Festival

Hiiu maakond, Orjaku küla

29.05.2021 - 29.05.2021

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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Food Fair ‘Narva TASTES’

Ida-Viru maakond, Narva

30.05.2020 - 30.05.2020

On the last Saturday in May, the Narva River Promenade will host the most delicious fair of the year. Here, the best restaurants and cafes in Narva and Narva-Jõesuu will come together and offers their best tastes. Every year, guests of the fair have the opportunity to try new things. On the day of the fair, the summer season of the River Promenade will also be opened formally. Guests will not have time to get bored. Concert on the Dahlberg stage, raffle, activities for children – all of this will take place on the River Promenade. Spend a day with your family or friends and enjoy the tastes of Narva!

Italian wine party

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

05.06.2020 - 06.06.2020

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.

'Kihnu Keretäüs' – cafe days

Pärnu maakond, Lemsi küla

15.08.2020 - 16.08.2020

Come to Kihnu to enjoy good food and the local culture! On the first weekend of June, Kihnu Island will be the island of cafes, where cafes can be found in many farmsteads and other interesting places. Locals will open temporary, one- or two-day cafes in their home yards or in other exciting places. The goal is to value local food, offer good meals and local produce, as well as a unique cultural programme. Saturday evening will end with an island celebration, organised by Kihnu Cultural Space.

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Good Food Festival – Grillfest

Throughout Estonia

02.06.2019 - 03.06.2019

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.

Kuressaare Gin Festival

Saare maakond, Kuressaare linn

01.08.2020 - 01.08.2020

Ösel Gin Fest, the first Estonian gin festival in Estonia, took place in 2018 on Viking Island, Saaremaa. The festival offers a unique opportunity to taste award-winning gins, which we bring to Estonia only for this festival, and to listen to the gin distillers who made these drinks.

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Tartu Food and Wine Festival

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

07.08.2020 - 09.08.2020

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.

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

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu linn

15.08.2020 - 15.08.2020

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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Café Day in Setomaa

Võru maakond, Setomaa vald

15.08.2020 - 16.08.2020

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 what has been left-over from Saturday. 

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Garlic Festival

Jõgeva maakond, Kuremaa alevik

20.08.2020 - 20.08.2020

The 10th Garlic Festival will be held in Kuremaa, Jõgeva County. At the fair, Estonian crafts and food will be sold, as well as different garlic-themed products. There will also be an exciting culture programme and workshops. The Garlic Festival offers something for the young and the old, mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers!

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Peipsi Food Street 175 km

Jõgeva maakond, Mustvee linn

22.08.2020 - 23.08.2020

The third Peipsi Food Street 175 km will take place from 22nd to 23rd 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 fresh local raw ingredients. The festival features local restaurants as well as  pop-up restaurants from all over Estonia. Peipsi food comes from the local lakes, forests, fields, bogs, and marshes. It is diverse and full of different cultures, traditional but also new. The main value is the people who bring the food to the table.

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Festival in Aparaaditehas

Tartu maakond, Tartu linn

28.08.2020 - 29.08.2020

Festival in Aparaaditehas (The Widget Factory) in Tartu unites the best parts of the cultural factory. The open day offers the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the kitchen side of the factor and be a part of a concert and nightclub programme on two evenings; additionally, street food companies will provide catering, attendees will discuss the future of the Kastani-Vaksali districts, Müürilille flea market will take place, and lots more.

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Kallaste Fish & Onion Fair

Tartu maakond, Kallaste linn

29.08.2020 - 29.08.2020

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

03.09.2020 - 13.09.2020

Even though summer will be over by September, Saaremaa still welcomes everyone. Saaremaa Food Festival is an exciting 11-day programme, the motto of which is ‘a happy eater also makes happy food’. There is something for everyone in the programme: Saaremaa Restaurant Week, Cake Concert, Market Day, village centres, special dinners, Kuressaare Street Picnic, Children’s restaurant, and more. Come to the islands!

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Buffet day on Onion Road

Tartu maakond, Alatskivi alevik

12.09.2020 - 12.09.2020

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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Tallinn Restaurant Week

Harju maakond, Tallinn

01.11.2020 - 07.11.2020

Tallinn Restaurant Week declares this week the week to celebrate great food and great restaurants. This is a week full of discoveries, pleasant experiences, and the opportunity to visit and compare a lot of different restaurants at a great price. Tallinn Restaurant Week wishes for both local residents and tourists visiting Tallinn to feel welcome to enjoy the professional quality and hospitality of Tallinn's restaurants.

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Läänemaa Food Week

Lääne maakond, Haapsalu

12.11.2020 - 22.11.2020

During the Food Week, many restaurants in Läänemaa have special menus to highlight and promote locally produced food and products as well as the food providers that bring the taste experience to the visitor. The programme also includes food workshops and dinners.

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Black Food Festival in Tallinn

Harju maakond, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa

21.11.2020 - 21.11.2020

The Black Food Festival is coming to Estonia for the second time this year! Having set out its stall in Berlin, London and New York in the last 12 months, it’s be coming to the Põhjala factory in Tallinn. The aim is to open the door to culinary creativity and experimentation and to do so under the umbrella of an enjoyable city festival during some of the blackest nights of the year. Taste-wise, there’ll be something for everybody!  

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Last updated : 06.04.2020

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