03.10.10 – The harbor was packed on Sunday because it was the start of the Herring Fair which runs through the week. It’s a big deal! I headed over with my friend Klaus from my Finnish class. We had a great time until he insisted on trying the eel “sausage” pictured above. I had a bite but Klaus went to town on it! Way to represent the US Klaus!
The Southern part of Finland is surrounded by a chain of islands. The fisherman from the islands come to the harbor in Helsinki regularly but during the fair they take over the place. You have to love pickled herring because that’s about all they have available. I did have some creamy soup that hit the spot.
As every year, the fisherman of the Baltic Sea have yet again supplied us with their best: traditional pickled Baltic herring as well as a delicious selection of Baltic herring in an array of marinades from rowan berries to pink peppercorns. And of course, that wonderful malt rye bread baked in the archipelago. Stadin Silakkamarkkinat
One of the larger groups of islands, Åland Islands, is a part of Finland but has an autonomous status. Not only do they have their own laws and money, they also make a black bread you can find at the fair.
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