Heli Nieminen, Project Manager
Turku’s diverse food culture will be on display at the beginning of June in the many events of Turku Food Weeks. All food sector professionals can take part, with individual events being linked together under the Food Weeks banner in the same way as for the Turku Day programme.
“The fact that Turku will be hosting the Michelin Star Revelation Event for the first time this year has attracted unprecedented interest among food industry operators. We all have a strong desire to show off how splendid and diverse our city is,” says Event Director Antti Kirkkola from the City of Turku.
For Turku, this summer is set to feature more events than ever before. The diverse range of events on offer and high visitor forecasts bode well for the region’s companies and other actors. Running at the same time as the Food Weeks will be a number other events as well, including the Paavo Nurmi Games, the Summer Peace Festival, Turku Airshow 2023, and various international conferences and congresses. The wide range of events offers memorable experiences for both locals and for tourists from Finland and abroad.
Food Weeks to feature a giant picnic and a shower of Michelin Stars
Turku’s food week programme is now taking shape, with many restaurants actively working on their event plans for this June. The events of Turku’s Junior Chamber of Commerce and Turku Market Square, for example, are already nearly ready.
The Junior Chamber of Commerce is inviting all Turku residents to come together on Saturday 10 June to enjoy Turku’s beautiful river front and parks at the city’s largest ever picnic. At the same time, it is also laying down the challenge to shops and restaurants to develop picnic packages for sale around that time.
Turku Market Square is putting together a extensive programme for Food Weeks, including a Children’s Day on Wednesday 7 June. Turkuseura (the Turku Association) will take charge of the square’s new play areas and guide children in how to use them. Ice cream also plays an important part in the themed day. On Saturday 10 June, Turku’s local Chaîne des Rôtisseurs association will be presenting their activities in the Market Square, while on Thursday 15 June the square will host the celebrations for New Potato Day.
Spectator stands will be set up for Food Weeks, offering anyone the chance to view a live broadcast on Monday 12 June of the Michelin Star Revelation Event for Nordic Countries. These stands will be placed next to two central locations: the Hansa Block and the Kirkkopuisto terrace.
The programme of the event can be viewed on the Food City website at turku.fi/ruokakaupunki. The event details will be continuously updated right up to the start of Food Weeks.