Finland Exports Its 'Have Your Own Pop-Up Restaurant Day'

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Who knew Finns were pop-up fiends?
Finland held its first Restaurant Day in May of this year, a magical day when anyone was allowed to create his or her own pop-up restaurant, permits and inspections be damned. The second one will be held this Sunday, and observed in 26 different cities and towns, including ones in England, Slovenia, and Bulgaria. The Finns are hoping we might also jump on the bandwagon.

The first event earlier this year drew 40 different pop-up concepts, set up in people's homes, offices, streets, parks, beaches, and even on "carpet washing docks." Whatever those are. The northernmost restaurant popped up in Inari, some 125 miles from the Arctic Sea. Entries this weekend will include the offal-heavy menu of Restaurant Heart & Blood, the Raw Food Cart, and something called "The American Heart Attack," in Helsinki, which will specialize in county-fair concoctions, like deep-fried cheese balls, chocolate-coated bacon, and "Mars Bar cheesecake lowered on a basket from a second-floor window." It's an event after our own hearts, of course, but we're afraid those crazy Scandis are on their own.


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dr biggles
dr biggles

hello from finland im gonna eat all your food

Brett Y
Brett Y

"The second one will be held this Sunday, and observed in 26 different cities and towns, including England, Slovenia, and Bulgaria. "- Finland is not so big that it encompasses 3 other countries.Also, Finland is Nordic, not part of Scandinavia... (But thanks for the post!)

Vaizki
Vaizki

Actually we're not allowed to do this - even on this Sunday. Every pop up will be in breach of business licences, health code, employment laws, alcohol serving laws and often set up on public land without permission. I dare to venture that most won't pay 23% sales tax nor income tax.

Yes, it's a protest against the government making it so hard to feed people and earn a living with it...

dr biggles osa 2
dr biggles osa 2

they will be selling new york bagels here so new york is nothing special anymore!  zoop!!@@$@!

Deciso
Deciso

Yeah, Finland hasn't been a part of Scandinavia since March 29, 1809, but who could keep up with recent trends like that? ;)

Suomityttö
Suomityttö

Finland is a part of Scandinavia! Check your facts. (But thanks for the laughs!=)=))

guest star
guest star

"OBSERVED in 26 different cities and towns, including England, Slovenia, and Bulgaria" :)

Brett Y
Brett Y

I'll bet you a kossu shot you're wrong. :)

Eero Nevalainen
Eero Nevalainen

Strictly, Scandinavia is the peninsula with Sweden and Norway on it, and  in particular linguistically you can include Denmark and perhaps Iceland. In recent years I've noticed this trend of calling Finland "Scandinavian" (typical American misconception) even by Finns... I wonder if there is a bit of a political motivation behind it as we have people in Finland who would very much like to NOT have Finland have any distinctiveness compared to the rest of the so-called "Nordic" countries, which is the more appropriate term for the geopolitical entity of the postwar era.

Huuhaa
Huuhaa

Actually finland isn't a part of scandinavia.

Brett Y
Brett Y

the city of Bulgaria? Ach, I'm being an idiot here, sorry... It's a great idea so let's celebrate it!

Fennica
Fennica

Actually some part are!

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