The new potato will have its own festival. The festival will celebrate the opening of the early harvest potato season in June. This is a much anticipated time of the year which follows the long winter; the time when the first crops from the fields reach the gastronomes.
The new potatoes from the Southwest Finland region are unique plants with gastronomic qualities to match other celebrated European seasonal products like asparagus, globe artichoke and truffle. The flavour is unique to early potatoes of Southwest Finland and neighbouring countries with a similar climate.
The very first crops from the Turku archipelago will reach the River Aura shores with traditional ceremony. During the festival, the potatoes will be enjoyed with local fish treats and herring. The festival will also include competitions for best recipes, getting to know different potato varieties, cultivation methods and a potato dance. This festival and its side events will be a cultural feast of fabulous flavours and local food.
The festival is being organised by the Kaffeli Association.
18–19 June: New Potato Festival, Varvintori Market
(program 12.00 -19.00)
17 June: Cooking at the Market Square event, Turku Market Square
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