September 2015 has been declared the first ever Estonian Food Month, with events taking place across Estonia and internationally.
Organised by the Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs, Estonian Food Month officially opens on 5 September, and will feature more than 30 food-related festivals, exhibitions and conferences. The programme includes honey, mushroom and jam festivals, among others, as well as the Nordic food professionals’ forum SAUCE 2015 on 28 September.
To celebrate the month, local food will also take pride of place in restaurants all over Estonia, many of which will offer a special Estonian dish throughout the month.
In addition to the those in Estonia, promotional events will be held in France, Finland and Germany to mark Estonian Food Month. From 5 to 12 September a pop-up shop will offer Estonian food at Paris Design Week, while on 17 September Estonia House in Helsinki will open its doors for an Estonian food fair. On 22 September, the Estonian embassy in Berlin will also offer food lovers the chance to learn more about Estonian cuisine.
“Estonian people consider the local origin of food important, because food grown and produced here is high quality, liked and palatable. This is summarised by the motto of the month - ‘I love Estonian food’,”said the project manager of Estonian Food Month Kadi Raudsepp.