Helsinki Baltic Herring Fair

We visited today, on the last day this year, the Baltic Herring Fair (silakkamarkkinat), which is a very traditional market and has been an annual event since 1743 (according to VisitHelsinki). Even though I am not a huge fan of the Baltic Herring, it has played a big role in the local diet for centuries, and the fair has a certain atmosphere to it. I love the fact that the fish, although most of it now in jars, is still sold from the boats. We spent a lovely morning on the fair but I won’t go into detail because Travellers Tree has written an awesome and informative post on the fair. So please take a look at to be tempted to visit the fair next year!

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17 comments

  1. Not sure about Baltic Herring (but then I’ve never had it) but love the idea they sell it directly from the boats.

  2. This sounds cool. I have not tried Baltic Herring, I think, but I remember that things were sold from boats when I was in helsinki 🙂

    1. Really, maybe it was the fair then?

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever tried Baltic herring. I will have to try it someday. 🙂

    1. I can tell you it’s very fishy 😉

  4. Herring!!! Love it 🙂

    1. You are weird!!!
      If you come and visit, I promise to bake you a cake with herring 😉 (and now I shouldn’t be saying ‘if’ but ‘when you come and visit’, right? 😀 )

      1. OK…before I book the tickets, please note that I shall need my herring and my cake separated by at least 20 minutes.

        1. Excellent choice!:)

        2. You could make a herring cake?

          1. I have just voiced my opposition to that idea. Keep up 😉

            1. Oops 😉

          2. http://www.kotikokki.net/reseptit/nayta/220213/Aito%20savolainen%20Kalakukko%20(muikkukukko)/

            Technically it’s not traditionally herring and we’d call it “baked bread” (savoury) but that’s just details 🙂

            1. I was game for the herring cake, just because omg really? Anything once, right? Bread is almost tame in comparison 🙂

              1. lol, you are are a good sport 🙂

  5. Thank you very much for linking to my post! You really made my day!!! :)))

    1. No worries, it was an great post!

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