Friday, May 9, 2014

First ever liquorice festival in Finland!** (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

During the Antiquity, the roots of liquorice which grow in Southern Europe and in Asia were used for treating the voice. It is still used in many cough syrups.

Salmiakki ice cream

Nowadays the liquorice can be basically found in everything, especially in Finland: tea, chocolate, yogurts, cookies, cakes, ice cream, liqueur, and of course as a candy. The candies are also used for creating jewellery and clothes! Finns simply love it. There is also a salty version that sharply divide people: the salmiakki. You rather love it or hate it. But give it a try! The down side of liquorice is that it increases the blood pressure.

The latest cooking book dedicated to liquorice (Elisabeth Johansson, 28.90€)

After a huge success in Sweden, the liquorice festival is for the first time organized in Helsinki on May 10th, 2014 in Wanha Satama (near the Viking Line terminal in Katajanokka). Many funny workshops and competitions will entertain children and gourmets.

Opening hours: 10-18
Ticket: 10€ (free for children under 10)

Website of the liquorice festival (only in Finnish and Swedish)

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