We went to the market area to try the street food festival StrEat Helsinki yesterday (in the afternoon of Saturday 22.3). The portion sizes were supposed to be kept small and the prices per portion low, so that one could try many dishes. Access to the festival area was free.
It was a lovely sunny day, most of the snow gone again, and just about everyone out and about wanting to try the food. When we arrived, some of the kiosks had already sold out on their food. The organisers were expecting 10 000 visitors, they got 20 000 (as per their facebook page). So a huuuge success for the organisers!
As for us, we didn’t get to try any of the food but bought the kids some sausages and reindeer meatballs from the normal main market, not an amazing culinary experience but happy kids and a nice little outing anyway. The street fair was so crowded that getting around with a stroller plus looooong queues to the vendors plus two tired kids felt like too much of a hassle and too little of enjoyment. This way we still had a relaxed family afternoon in the fresh air.
I hope StrEat Helsinki will be back, but that it next time is more widely spread out (eg the esplanade next to) to make it more accessible!