Traditional food

The home of Karelian pies and baked foods

The Karelian food culture spread all over Finland when people displaced from the Finnish-Russian border area during the last wars resettled in other regions. Recently, when Finns were asked to vote for their favourite national food, they voted Karelian meat stew (karjalanpaisti) second favourite after the iconic Finnish rye bread. And Karelia pie was voted third favourite. The Karelian food traditions include local fish and mushrooms as well as the use of ovens, preferably wood heated, to prepare slowly baked dishes. Traditions have been adapted to cater for the current tastes - often the local food is now referred to as the modern-day Karelian menu. Although the Karelian food traditions have been updated, one thing never changes: the food is always served with plenty of Karelian hospitality. See below our tips for traditional food lovers.

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The Jänisvaara Tourist Farm

At the Jänisvaara Tourist Farm, many tradiotional Karelian delicacies from aromatic stewed meat dishes and casseroles to Karelian pasties are prepared. You can also order bakery products – all baked on the farm, from beginning to end, like for example Karelian pasties, also vegan and gluten or dairy free.

The Jänisvaara Tourist Farm, Jänisvaarantie 4, 83960 Koli, tel. +358 505 053 127 Iris or +358 506 0356 Erkki, info@maatilamatkailu.fi, www.maatilamatkailu.fi.

Kolin Annila

At Annila you get traditional Karelian food at its most authentic. Treat yourself with a soup meal, Karelian hot pot, or sautéed elk. The sautéed elk is prepared out of elk that ran around in Koli and Ahmovaara, so it’s truly organic food! And be sure to taste genuine Karelian pasties: vatruska, keitinpiiras, sultsina, tsupukka. Book your meals the day before at the latest.

Kolin Annila, Kopravaarantie 237, 83950 Ahmovaara, tel.  +358 50 512 4478, sirkkaanni@gmail.com, www.kolinannila.fi.

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