Tampere loves food, wine and beer festivals. We have covered for you the most delicious and famous gastronomic events.
In August, Tampere holds a gastronomic festival called Tamperrada, the most popular part of which is the pintxo competition. Dozens of restaurants around the city offer mini samples of their culinary art, or a pintxo, for a cheap price. This popular gastronomic amusement allows you to visit several restaurants in one evening without heavy spending.
A three-day festival called Suuret oluet — pienet panimot is held in the Central Square for those who admire the foamy drink. About 20 Finnish microbreweries bring their best products here, which is equivalent to 100+ varieties of craft beer, cider and lemonade. Delicious food and live music are provided as well. Come early to avoid queues.
The new wine festival in April will bring together European wine producers, restaurants and wine lovers. Come to dive into the wine world, try products of 70 wineries from across the globe and enjoy tapas and dishes of the best local restaurants.
A popular food and chocolate festival is held in September. A large fair with delicacies from Europe, Africa and Asia will be hosted in the Hämeenpuisto park. Greek gyros, African cuisine, locally baked crepes, churros, baguettes and pizza, French cheeses, English fudge, salami, chocolate, olives — you better come here hungry. A free entertainment program every day: live music, national dances and crafts for children.
Tampere holds this popular event twice a year: in spring and in autumn on Laukontori Square. Fishermen from all over Finland bring fresh fish here, from which most diverse dishes are cooked, including fish hamburgers. Smoky salmon, oil-fried vendace, salmon smoked on open fire, herring and, of course, fried vendace, the queen of Finnish street food.
By the way, the fish fair in Tampere is the oldest in Finland: it boosted the growth of fish fairs all over the country in the 1990s. Earlier, the Finnish cities held fairs of Baltic herring only, which did not offer such a variety of fish products.
In May, the Hämeenpuiso Park annually hosts a large international food fair, where farmers and manufacturers from 35 countries of Europe, America and Asia personally sell their products. Come in for fresh baguettes, cheeses, olives, oils, spices and sweets.
Tampere holds a restaurant day twice a year, during which anyone can open their own one-day restaurant. Walking around the city during this meal carnival, you can see park lawns dotted with tables of amateur coffee shops and confectioneries, freshly baked muffins and hot pancakes quickly sold from a car boot and first-floor windows turned into multinational take-away.