European Region of Gastronomy Kuopio

European Region of Gastronomy 2020-2021

Experience the “world’s culinary hub” and Europe’s most delicious years 2020-21.

Kuopio – the Capital of Gastronomy

Kuopio and the province of North Savo is the first region in Finland to receive the European Region of Gastronomy Award, and is being celebrated in 2020-2021.

European Region of Gastronomy status can be compared to the better known City of Culture title, the difference being that besides developing a broad range of culture, the Award promotes events, agriculture, training and entrepreneurship around the theme of gastronomy and food.

The European Region of Gastronomy Award emphasises responsibility, the use of locally produced food, local culture and collaboration between small and medium-sized enterprises.

Events and theme weeks inspired by nature’s rhythm

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

Discover the tastiest region

Pure nature and local food on a plate

The Kuopio region and North Savo has become a modern, diverse gastronomic region that respects traditions. The region’s numerous artisanal primary producers supply high-quality and distinctive raw materials that regional restaurants and food companies process into delicious taste experiences.

The surrounding countryside provides a natural resource with regard to both the way of life and environmental values. Although tourism and multiculturalism have for decades brought new tastes and colours to Finnish cuisine, regional ingredients still form the basis of food preparation. The pure food of North Savo and the experiences associated with it provide a good cross-section of what the region can offer tourists.

Taste the region

Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo
+358 50 595 4183 Company website
Companies

Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo

The Farm House Museum Riuttala represents the Finnish early 20th century landscape, housing and traditional working methods.

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Ravintola Bierstube
+358 17 2821532 Company website
Companies

Ravintola Bierstube

Bierstube offers a wide selection of beer, cider and tasty pub food.

ERG, Nightlife, Restaurants
Sampea ja Samppanjaa Company website
Companies

Sampea ja Samppanjaa

The Sturgeon & Champagne festival is held annually on the second weekend of August in Independence Park on the shore of the River Pirtinvirta in Varkaus.

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Savon keittiömestarit Company website
Companies

Savon keittiömestarit

The professional chef association brings together the craft in Pohjois-Savo region, offers training to its members and organises events.

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Olavi Rytkönen
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Olavi Rytkönen

Savo literary expert, writer, musician and presenter

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ProAgria Itä-Suomi ry Company website
Companies

ProAgria Itä-Suomi ry

ProAgria – Rural Advisory Services is a Finnish expert organization providing an extensive network of specialists and a wide range of services to rural entrepreneurs.

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Ravintola Hetki
+358 50 4521519 Company website
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Ravintola Hetki

Visit us and enjoy our delicious traditional and international style daily lunch menu, home made bakery products in nice and relaxed atmosphere.

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Minna Suuronen
+35844 576 8996 Company website
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Minna Suuronen

Distinctive clothing from ethicallyl and ecologically produced materials for women and children. The shop in the Kuopio market square in the Market hall.

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Liepuskan Herkkupaja
+358 50 302 2351 Company website
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Liepuskan Herkkupaja

At Liepuska we honor traditional Finnish baking methods that have been passed down through generations. Born in Savo, our roots are deep in the pure Finnish soil, which we believe produces the best grain in the world – for us it is like gold.

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Ruukintupa
+358 50 3531897 Company website
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Ruukintupa

Within the historical ironworks of Jyrkkä, you can enjoy our cafeteria, pub and museum, all located just beside a rapid. Two spacious Scandinavian-style log cabins offer a wonderful setting for an active, revigorating holiday.

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Lohimaan juhannus Company website
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Lohimaan juhannus

The traditional midsummer celebration in Lohimaa Holiday Center in Tervo

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Ravintola Morton / Kuopio
+358 40 0494367 Company website
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Ravintola Morton / Kuopio

The summer restaurant Morton next the Kuopio marketplace makes burgers and salads using the local ingredients.

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Keramiikkastudio Jenni LInnove
+358 50 378 8263 Company website
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Keramiikkastudio Jenni LInnove

Ceramic workshop and local design in historical farm landscape

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Kuopion opastuspalvelu, Pauli Verhelä
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Kuopion opastuspalvelu, Pauli Verhelä

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Cafe Väinö
+35850 3593990 Company website
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Cafe Väinö

In Cafe Väinö next to Kuopio’s most central beach Väinölänniemi you can buy refreshment and rent beach toys, games, SUP boards and e-bikes.

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Kuzina Wine & Daily
+358 44 9735877 Company website
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Kuzina Wine & Daily

Passion for quality food and wines are in the heart of our restaurant. Pairing these two together in harmonious way is one of the key aspects of our philosophy. We want to offer you new experiences and different flavours.

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Viestintäkoulutus Draivi Company website
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Viestintäkoulutus Draivi

The trainer, actress and speaker Tiina Naumanen

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Kehitysyhtiö SavoGrow Oy
0207 464 600 Company website
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Kehitysyhtiö SavoGrow Oy

SavoGrow is a regional development company owned by six municipalities in the heart of Savo Region: Keitele, Pielavesi, Rautalampi, Suonenjoki, Tervo and Vesanto.

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Haapaniemen matkailu
+358 440 207 701 Company website
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Haapaniemen matkailu

Haapaniemi, located at the shore of Lake Haapajärvi, offers an excellent, unique place for accommodation, celebrations, outdoor experiences and programme.

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Kahvila & Konditoria Houkutus
+358 17 3682900 Company website
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Kahvila & Konditoria Houkutus

When you have a sweet tooth or yearn for an excellent coffee or tasty salad, pop into Café Houkutus to enjoy

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Itä-Suomen maa- ja kotitalousnaiset Company website
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Itä-Suomen maa- ja kotitalousnaiset

Rural Women’s Advisory Organisation is a nationwide expert organisation with experts and developmental programmes in entrepreneurship, food, tourism and landscape management.

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Kahvila Kaneli
+358 40 0172283 Company website
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Kahvila Kaneli

Intimate coffee shop in Kuopio center filled with tasty experiences and distinctive atmosphere

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Eräruokapalvelu Iloinen Hauki
+358 040 7400465
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Eräruokapalvelu Iloinen Hauki

Next to the Southern Konnevesi National Park Wilderness food service Ilonen Hauki takes tasty restaurant-level meals to the forest the way you want – fine-dining style or casually. Simply excellent food!

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Jylhäsalmi Productions Company website
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Jylhäsalmi Productions

Stand-up events all over Finland, Kuopio Comedy Festival in June every year

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Pesolan pihviliha
+358 500 430044 Company website
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Pesolan pihviliha

High-quality Pesola organic meat is home-grown and grown local food from the pure rural landscape of Upper Savo.

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Virtalan tila Company website
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Virtalan tila

Virtala Farm is an organic farm located in Vehmersalmi, Kuopio Region. In the farm they raise Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cows, farm bees to preserve biodiversity and pollinators of the region and also produce organic honey from numerous wild plants.

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Liki Lounaskahvila-Catering
+358 50 437 2120 Company website
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Liki Lounaskahvila-Catering

Lunch and catering services in Juankoski made from the season’s ingredients handmade from the scratch.

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Iltalypsy
+358 40 182 4433 Company website
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Iltalypsy

The café-restaurant Iltalypsy offers home-cooked lunch made from local ingredients, local products and the delicacies of their own bakery.

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Hurry
+358 400 391 707 Company website
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Hurry

That nicer advertising agency.

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Ravintola Skilla
+358 44 5524810 Company website
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Ravintola Skilla

The plentiful lunch buffet and the evening a la carté by the restaurant Skilla gives both your taste buds and eyes something to remember

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Cafe Nazca Company website
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Cafe Nazca

The cafe roastery Cafe Nazca produces high-quality coffee from ethically and ecologically grown coffee from Peru. The roastery sells also selected tea and cocoa products.

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Savonia-AMK
+35817 255 6000 Company website
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Savonia-AMK

Savonia is one of Finland’s biggest and most versatile universities of applied sciences. Our campuses are situated in Kuopio, Iisalmi and Varkaus.

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Kokous- ja juhlatalo Kuopion Klubi
+358 17 2612170 Company website
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Kokous- ja juhlatalo Kuopion Klubi

We will organize your meetings and celebrations with a big heart, taking your wishes into account. Every party at the conference and party house Kuopio Club is unique!

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Airakselan kylä Company website
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Airakselan kylä

The active Airaksela village is located 30 km from the Kuopio center. The village hall serves as the starting point for forest hikes and location of events, celebrations and courses.

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MooCB
+358 40 544 5760 Company website
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MooCB

MOoCB provides creative laser cutting and engraving services for businesses. Extensive material knowledge and design expertise as strengths

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Louhenkatupäivä Company website
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Louhenkatupäivä

Enjoy the Louhenkatu street carneval atmosphere in the street and marketplace of Iisalmi in August

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Green Escape
+358 407508009 Company website
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Green Escape

Green espace inspires and is inspired to create a niche for sustainable and responsible traveling. With the unique East-meets-West families, the goals of melting cultural boundaries cannot get any more personal.

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Savon paistinkääntäjät / Rotisseurit Company website
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Savon paistinkääntäjät / Rotisseurit

The rotisseurs bring together professional and non-professional members from around the world who share in the “spirit” of the Society and who appreciate and enjoy wine and fine dining. The Kuopio Region and Pohjois-Savo have their local rotisseurs’ association.

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Satoa Goes Wild Company website
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Satoa Goes Wild

At the SATOA goes WILD festival the leading role in the event is played by local wild ingredients, from which delicious portions are created by top local restaurants.

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Puijon ravintolat
+358 44 5810455 Company website
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Puijon ravintolat

Experience the Puijo Tower Restaurant’s unique local food concept and spectacular Lakeland views. The restaurant and the tower café have utilized distinctive, thoughtful Finnish design.

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Burger5
+358 50 5133300 Company website
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Burger5

The best burger in Kuopio is made with selected local ingredients.You find the Burger5 both on the Kuopio market place and entertainment center Minna.

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Viikinkiravintola Harald
+358 44 7668202 Company website
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Viikinkiravintola Harald

Harald’s Viking milieu takes you and your friends on a voyage back to the age of the Vikings, where food and drink highlight the festivities.

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Kuopion oppaat
+358 44 244 3899 Company website
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Kuopion oppaat

Kuopio guides carry out day trips and guided tours for individual visitors during the summer and for groups all year round on request. Get to know Kuopio on a food walk in the summer of 2020!

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MTK Pohjois-Savo Company website
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MTK Pohjois-Savo

MTK Pohjois-Savo Association supports farmers in the area in food production, guaranteeing the availability of local food.

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Suonenjoen mansikkakarnevaalit Company website
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Suonenjoen mansikkakarnevaalit

The Strawberry Carnival is held every year in July, when Finnish strawberries are at their sweetest. Experience Finnish music and the bustle of the Strawberry market.

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Itä-Suomen yliopisto
+358 294 45 1111 Company website
Companies

Itä-Suomen yliopisto

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) has four faculties – Philosophical, Science and Forestry, Health Sciences and Social Sciences and Business Studies Faculties – and campuses in Joensuu and Kuopio.

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Ylä-Savon opisto
+358 400 827 251 Company website
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Ylä-Savon opisto

Ylä-Savo Vocational College rovides educational services both for the youth and adult starting from one-day continuing education to double degrees in all the major branches of industry.

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Komero Food
335844 371 8323 Company website
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Komero Food

Komero meal boxes are an easy solution to prepare tasty food that does good for both ourselves and those we care about. You can find ready-made meal boxes in your local store

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Kalaryssäys Company website
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Kalaryssäys

The Kuopio Fish Market invitesthe whole family to a fish event every September in Kuopio’s Harbour Square, where the leading role is played by Finnish fish and delicacies made from it.

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BeneStatera
358504650509 Company website
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BeneStatera

Bene Statera treatment relaxes your entire body with various types of massage. Enjoy a relaxing pampering treatment to release the stress of your mind and body.

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Kuopion Kauppahalli Company website
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Kuopion Kauppahalli

Products from the Kuopio Region in historical Market Hall at the Kuopio Market square

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RPS Brewing
+358 44 491 9039 Company website
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RPS Brewing

RPS brewing loves making beer. So much that they’ve won the titel of the best lager and wheat beer in 2019. Brewery visits and sauna for groups.

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Lapinlahden juusto- ja viinijuhlat Company website
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Lapinlahden juusto- ja viinijuhlat

The Cheese and wine festival is a unique, lively event encompassing old friends, appetising cheeses and good music. The centrepiece of the festival is the magnificent twenty-metre cheese table, full of delicacies.

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Willimaku
+358 40 149 2080 Company website
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Willimaku

Willimaku festive and non-alcoholic herbal drinks are handmade from wild herbs.

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Taitomaito
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Taitomaito

Milk production in Kiuruvesi

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Maatila Olavi Hiltunen
358 40 5083288
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Maatila Olavi Hiltunen

Potatoes and slurry directly from the organic farm, as well as vegetables that change every year. Products also on sale at local grocery stores.

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Lignell & Piispanen Company website
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Lignell & Piispanen

We view the nature of the Nordics and its rich harvest of forest berries, meadow herbs and grain from the fields as an incredible gift and endless source of inspiration. Its beauty, purity and wisdom go into every spirit we craft.

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Restaurant Isä Camillo
+358 17 5810 450 Company website
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Restaurant Isä Camillo

Restaurant Isä Camillo’s food is made and the guests are served with big heart, passion and skills. Enjoy the genuine and tasteful food or have a glass on a lovely summer terrace!

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PBG Korhonen
358405945688 Company website
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PBG Korhonen

Event and catering services in Muuruvesi village.

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Koivumäen Kartano
+358 17 3614291 Company website
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Koivumäen Kartano

Koivumäki Manor will serve you the best local food from our area. You can also enjoy beautyand old style of the manor in the countryside of Kuopio Finland Lakeland.

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Eväsmiehet
+358 400 747397 Company website
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Eväsmiehet

Many local restaurants trust the Eväsmiehet products made with no additives or allergenes.

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Savon ammatti- ja aikuisopisto Company website
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Savon ammatti- ja aikuisopisto

A joint municipal board provides vocational and upper secondary education and training.​

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Boutique Hotel Sawohouse
+358 10 3389490 Company website
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Boutique Hotel Sawohouse

At the small and cosy Boutique hotel Sawohouse luxury means enjoying the simple things in life coziness, cleanliness, tranquility, delicious food and good service.

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Kala-Lappi Company website
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Kala-Lappi

The tasty inimitable Lappi products are prepared by hand, utilising modern technology, and giving due respect to recipes and traditions which have been in the family for many generations.

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Ravintola Urban
+358 40 5522439 Company website
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Ravintola Urban

Restaurant Urban serves new lunch menu every day in historical building in Kuopio centre. Urban was chosen the restaurant of the year nationally in 2016 by the foodie magazin Gloria Food and Wine.

ERG, Restaurants
Muuruveden kyläyhdistys Company website
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Muuruveden kyläyhdistys

Muuruvesi, Pohjois-Savo’s Village of the Year 2017 is located in a scenic environment along the Tahko waterway.

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Nenosen Mansikkatila
0400 371 984 Company website
Companies

Nenosen Mansikkatila

Fresh strawberries and price-winning products straight from the farm in Suonenjoki

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ANTI Contemporary Art Festival
050 3052005 Company website
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ANTI Contemporary Art Festival

ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival presents site-specific contemporary art covering all artistic forms from sculpture and environmental art to dance, live art and performance.

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Oluset

At the Finland’s largest and oldest beer festival, you are sure to meet both old and new friends! Enjoy summer vibes, good music, a great selection of drinks and especially the relaxed atmosphere.

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Restaurant Musta Lammas
+358 581 0458 Company website
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Restaurant Musta Lammas

The kitchen of Restaurant Musta Lammas gets their inspiration from the multiple seasons that our food year offers us. The hype comes from the forests, fields and clean lakes in our Kuopio region.

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GastroBar B/P
+358 40 0187570 Company website
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GastroBar B/P

At Gastrobar B/P our ever changing al’a carte offers a great chance to indulge in Finnish classics and fusion cuisine and of course, potatoes.

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Ravintola Kummisetä
+358 17 3699880 Company website
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Ravintola Kummisetä

Restaurant Kummisetä has seamlessly put together high quality dishes, ambience and service, and a swinging pub atmosphere for a great night out.

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Ruukkumaa
+ 358 400 250225 Company website
Companies

Ruukkumaa

The ceramist Susanna Hotari’s work reflects the roughness of the Finnish nature. Get to know her arts work and kitchen utensils on her webpage.

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Majatalo Osula
+358 44 5509364 Company website
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Majatalo Osula

Atmospheric and cozy inn in the scenic Tuovilanlahti, both by independent hiking trails and by nature and well-being services

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VS Ravintolat
044-7441401 Company website
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VS Ravintolat

VS restaurants’ caters whereever needed: On a forest fireplace, in a mess hall or for celebrations. The head chef Aki Hiltunen is one of the food ambassadors of the European Region of Gastronomy in Kuopio 2020 – 2021.

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Pannuhuone Gust. Ranin
+358 17 5810 451 Company website
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Pannuhuone Gust. Ranin

Pannuhuone Gust. Ranin is a unique bar using best local ingredients. At summer times a cozy patio with kitchen serves guests right next to Snellman park.

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Satoa Kuopio Food Festival Company website
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Satoa Kuopio Food Festival

The August SATOA is a festival of local tastes, where you can buy and sample small portions of food in the spirit of street food culture and also enjoy the festival programme.

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Mervision
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Mervision

The producer Mervi Narinen offers versatile event management services to businesses needs.

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Kuopion Palvelualojen opisto PAOK
358 44 035 5623 Company website
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Kuopion Palvelualojen opisto PAOK

PAOK Kuopio offers professional degrees in the field of tourism, catering and economics in a flexible way as local, longdistance and multimodal teaching.

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Jätkänkämppä
+358 30 608 30 Company website
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Jätkänkämppä

Jätkänkämppä offers traditional public smoke sauna evenings and is also available for groups and meetings on request.

ERG, Saunas, Sights
Kuopion sataman juhannus Company website
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Kuopion sataman juhannus

The traditional Midsummer celebration in the Kuopio Harbour

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Panorama Bar & Cafe
+358 41 317 4602 Company website
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Panorama Bar & Cafe

A slope restaurant on the top of Tahkovuori with live after ski and the best views over the Tahko village and Lake Syväri.

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Ravintola Panza
+358 44 706 0800 Company website
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Ravintola Panza

The mexican-style restaurant Panza servers MId-American tastes both on your plate and in your glass. Check the Panza’s cocktail selection!

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Ravintola Mierontie
+358 40 7400465 Company website
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Ravintola Mierontie

Next to Southern Konnevesi National Park Restaurant Mierontie serves lunch and caters open fire menus to be combined with your national park visit.

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Vipumäen tila
+358 40 8234294
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Vipumäen tila

The Vipumäki farm produces honey, herbs, eggs and breeds Highland cattle.

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Pölönmäen marjatila
+35 50 0543475
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Pölönmäen marjatila

The Pölönmäki farms produces blackcurrant, raspberry and strawberry in Upper Savo close to Iisalmi.

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