Taste Saimaa is a delicious union of Eastern Finnish food, culture and traditions

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Eastern Finland holds a treasure – the hidden gem – the enchanting Lake Saimaa with its pure nature. Saimaa engages all senses with its fresh wilderness, captivating silence, clean water, endless forests and the welcoming Eastern Finnish culture. For us, gastronomy is an everyday luxury as our forests and lakes serve us the purest food in the world.

The largest lake in Finland is loved by many, several million guests visit the Saimaa region annually. Its cleansing waters and many bridges connect shores, towns, villages and people. People living in this area are known for their perseverance and hospitality. There is always room for guests at the table and food is a matter of honour for eastern Finnish hosts.

Saimaa European Region of Gastronomy covers the three regions of Eastern Finland: South Savo, South Karelia and North Karelia. Our cuisine is based on seasonal harvests. We still have the skills of living in perfect harmony with nature. The long, white nights of the north create the perfect conditions for growing pure, aromatic ingredients. The forests of Saimaa are a treasure trove of wild vegetables, berries and mushrooms, full of rich flavours.

In the Saimaa region, we have found creativity as a resource in beautiful and favorable as well as in harsh conditions. In the European Region of Gastronomy year 2024, we aspire to combine food with art and culture in ways never seen before. That’s why our culture is unique – and worth discovering.

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In these restaurants

Restaurant chains

Babista Kebab Revolution
Bacaro Doppio Cafe & Deli
Coffee House
Frans & les Femmes
Grill it!
La Famiglia
Prisma Cafe
Public Corner
Rosso Express
Rosso Pizza

SOK Travel and Hospitality Industry Chain Management

Street address:

Fleminginkatu 34, 00510 Helsinki

Postal address:

P.O. Box 1, 00088 S GROUP, Finland

Business ID:


Sales service, Helsinki metropolitan area

0300 870 020 (weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm)

51 cents per min + local network charge/mobile call charge

All the Sales Services


+358 10 76 8011 (weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm)

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