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Restaurant Day whets appetites at home and abroad

The day for home-cooked culinary delights is celebrated for the seventh time on Saturday.

Pop-up restaurant B-Smokery.
Pop-up restaurant B-Smokery. Image: YLE

Around 700 pop-up restaurants will appear for one day only, as Restaurant Day is once again celebrated across the country. The idea, where anyone can set up their own restaurant – whether in their home or in outside stalls – has caught the public’s imagination, attracting more and more participants each time the culinary event is organised.

Describing the open, inclusive nature of the event, one of the founders of Restaurant Day, Antti Tuomola, says that an anarchist feminist in her twenties and a conservative National Coalition Party activist in his fifties are as likely to participate in the day.

Tuomola adds that starting one’s own restaurant appears to be a surprisingly common dream, which can be realised during Restaurant Day.

Spreading the message

Tuomola and other founders of the day are now working to spread the event to other countries.

“We have international journalists coming to Finland on Saturday, including a reporter from Germany’s biggest daily,” Tuomola reveals.

Tens of pop-up restaurants will be opened in Central Europe on the day, according to Tuomola.

“Of course one is always worried when one’s baby finally ventures out into the big world, but at the same time it’s really fun,” Tuomala says, adding that he trusts Restaurant Day will fare well beyond Finland’s borders.

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