Fishing is a year-round activity in Finland.
Known as “land of a thousand lakes” there are on average, 40 lakes per 100 square kilometres in Finland. The lakes are well-stocked, pristine and beautiful.
The endless supply of clean water is something Finns just take for granted. However, they appreciate their privileged position so protecting and conserving their unique waters is top of everyone’s agenda
There are approximately 60 species of fish to be caught in Finland’s clear waters but the most common are perche, pike, roache and pike-perch.
To sit by a lake; still and glistening in the early morning sun waiting to lure a pike on your rod is a pretty special, life affirming experience.
Finnish author Juhani Aho (1861-1921) famously describing fishing as an experience that left him “spellbound, intoxicated”.
Fish dishes are an integral part of Finnish cuisine. Wild and free! Having landed your haul there are many ways to prepare and cook up a fantastic fish feast. Our favourite is smoking.
Loimulohi is a traditional Finnish fish dish – fish smoked on a wooden plank. Boards of various types of wood such as birch, red cedar can be used and provide their own smoky flavours and aromas. Feasting on smoked fish is always best lakeside with a heap of lemon wedges and a bottle of fine wine!
Check out this how to video on smoking fish using a wooden plank:
The Local Wild Food Challenge will be held at Lake Tuusula , just outside Helsinki on Saturday, September 30th 2017
An open and free event for all. At the core of the day is an open cooking competition. Contestants are challenged to create a dish consisting of at least one wild ingredient. We’re expecting plenty of delicious fresh fish!
Previous winning dishes featuring locally caught fish include:
Book a room at the Hotel Krapi, host for Local Wild Food Challenge. They are forging their own path in the Finnish food world, towards delicious flavors and memorable moments.
Learn more about foraging for wild food in Finland and why we are looking forward to being part of Finland’s centennial year, celebrating 100 years of independence.