April 26, 2015

Foodie Vappu

May Day or better known in Finnish as Vappu is a carnival style street festival with celebrations starting already on the night prior and continuing all day of 1st of May. Eating is an important part of the celebration and we want to give you some tips on what to eat during Vappu.

Vappu eats

Brunch on the first of May, doughnuts, tippaleipä (a kind of funnel cake) and sima lemonade made out of brown sugar, lemon and yeast are the core essentials of Vappu celebrations. Nothing beats self-made doughnuts and sima. These of course should also be part of your brunch.

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Brunch three ways

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Restaurant

The easiest and the safest way to have traditional first of May brunch or lunch is at a restaurant. Many restaurants offer delicious Vappu menu, buffet or plated, with variety of options. Heleats recommends the following restaurants:

Diner & Cocktail Michel
Style: International trendy kitchen with an American touch and top location
Address: Mikonkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki
Reservations: Book here
Menu: Vappu brunch buffet
restaurantmichel.fi/
#restaurantmichel

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Tres Bones
Style: Casual international cuisine with a Finnish touch
Address: Annankatu 6, 00120 Helsinki
Reservations: Book here
Menu: Plated Vappu themed menu
tresbones.fi
@tresbones #tresbones

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Restaurant Sunn
Style: Scandinavian kitchen with a stunning view looking at the Helsinki Cathedral
Address: Aleksanterinkatu 26, 00170 Helsinki
Reservations: Book here
Menu: Vappu themed lunch (plated main course)
ravintolasunn.fi
@ravintolasunn #restaurantsunn #ravintolasunn

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Picnic

When the weather is good one of the best options is to have a picnic outside. Maybe the most popular place is Tähtitorninmäki. This is where you can experience the carnival atmosphere with plenty of students, families and groups of friends around everywhere. You can gather your brunch offering yourself easily but you better prepare yourself already during the week prior to Vappu.

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Street Food Carnival

Street food being among one of the hottest things lately we are delighted to see street food is available also on 1st of May. Street food trucks gather at Kasarmitori from 10am until 4pm (possibly later if there’s demand). There will be nearly dozen of trucks participating:

BBQ on Wheels
@bbqonwheels #bbqonwheels

Bel Gaufres
@belgaufres #belgaufres

Jädelino
@jadelinohelsinki #jadelinohelsinki

Maulito
@maulito1 #maulito

Richard McCormick’s & Sandro
@richardmccormicks #richardmccormicksfoodtruck #sandroeira #sandrokallio

Social Food Street
@socialfood #socialfoodstreet

Street Gastro
@streetgastro #streetgastro

The Alexander’s
@thealexandersfood #thealexandersfood

Tortilla Truck
@tortillahouse #tortillahouse

Fisu ja Ranet
#fisujaranet

Kimchi wagon
#kimchiwagon

Check out the Facebook event here for more info!

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If you can’t wait until 1st of May the latest news tell there will be food trucks at the Kauppatori Market Square on Vappu Eve 30th April from 6pm until 10pm. Check out Facebook event for the participating food trucks.

Have a great Vappu everyone!
Hauskaa Vappua!
Glada Vappen!
Remember to tag your photos with #heleats on Instagram!

Featured image by Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki