Life According to Nature's Rhythm 

Savonian is a matter of taste. Experience the "world's culinary hub" and Europe's most delicious years 2020-21. Pure nature and local food on a plate. Experience tasty wild herbs, sweet summer, harvest flavours and the wonderful bounty of nature.

The year's programme is centred on gastronomy and food and comprises events and activities that will tickle the taste buds of tourists. The programme is based on existing events and festivals, complemented by activities suitable for both individual tourists and tourist groups.

The overriding theme of the year's programme is foraging: picking berries and mushrooms, hunting and fishing. The programme's themed weeks include berry- and mushroom-picking trips, picnics, cooking courses, workshops, pop-up restaurants, culinary tour packages and food festivals.

#ERG Gastronomy Years' Programme: Highlights & Festivals

JUNE and July 2020

For small scale events for groups and individuals, please see the event calendar
All festivals have been cancelled due to the covid-19 situation and restrictions. 


8 Aug Louhenkatu Street Carnival, Iisalmi

28–29 Aug Satoa Kuopio Food Festival --> will take place 25 to 30 Aug as SATOA theme week with small scale and virtual content


10 Sep Local Food Gift Challenge: Euroope's best food and kitchen gifts

11 Sep ERG 2020-21 Opening Ceremony in Kuopio
International seminar on the theme of Food and Wellbeing, in collaboration with

10–13 Sep Kuopio Fish Market

8–13 Sep ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio --> new dates to be announced

Winter time themed weeks to be announced

JUNE 2021

18 –19 Jun SATOA Goes WILD: Wild food festival

24 - 26 Jun Midsummer events in Kuopio, Muuruvesi and Lohimaa

JULY 2021

9 –10 Jul Oluset Beer Festival, Iisalmi, & Family Event on 9 Jul

In July Suonenjoki Strawberry Carnival & Local Food Festival


7 Aug Lapinlahti Cheese & Wine Festival, Lapinlahti

Sturgeon and Shampagne festival in Varkaus, the dates to be announced
Louhenkatu street festival in Iisalmi, the dates to be announced

27–28 Aug Satoa Kuopio Food Festival


9–12 Sep Kuopio Fish Market

Programme events are updated weekly in 2020-21 in the event calendar.

SEE THE COMING EVENTS highlights the region's tastiest culinary tourism events during the ERG year.
You can find other regional events on the Kuopio-Tahko tourism website.

For more information: Taina Laitinen, Producer & Event Coordinator
Tel. +358 44 430 9922 /