Helsinki Design Week 2018: For the Food Lovers

Are you interested in how flavor and the visuality of food impact how we as humans react to the dish? Helsinki Design Week’s food-related tips are listed below!

See our full programme here.

 Future Food Stories Exhibition

The exhibition explores communicative and narrative qualities of food as a material and experience, and the culturally changing role of food in our society. The displayed installations are related to Heidi Uppa’s PhD research, and they have been created by using food both as a material and as a narrative element.

Thursday, 6 September 10:30-15:00
Friday, 7 September 10:30-15:00
Monday, 10 September 10:30-15:00
Tuesday, 11 September 10:30-15:00
Wednesday, 12 September 10:30-15:00
Thursday, 13 September 10:30-15:00
Friday, 14 September 10:30-15:00
Kellohalli, Teurastamo
Työpajankatu 2


New Market X Food

New Market is again a part of Design Market on 8 and 9 September at the Cable Factory. The New Market provides an opportunity to purchase new, unforeseen products while enjoying an insightful shopping experience. This year the New Market is organised in partnership with Ruokatieto and it offers brands and products have to do with food design, nourishment trends as well as Nordic ingredients. In addition to the 20 stalls, the market event provides a food-themed programme, food design discussions and info spots.

Saturday and Sunday, 8 & 9 September
Tallberginkatu 1b


Helsinki School Meals: 75 years

Helsinki has been serving school meals to local pupils for 75 years. The long history of school meals will be made familiar to students, citizens and the wider audience through workshops. Through the 10-12 September, there will be a morning workshop organised for school children that introduces participants to the past, present and future of schools meals. The workshop is a collaboration between the branch of Childhood and Education at the city of Helsinki and Service Center Helsinki.

Wednesday, 5 September 18:00-22:00
Monday, 10 September 09:00-18:00
Tuesday, 11 September 09:00-18:00
Wednesday, 12 September 09:00-18:00
Thursday, 13 September 09:00-18:00
Friday, 14 September 09:00-18:00
Saturday, 15 September 10:00-16:00
Sunday, 16 September 10:00-16:00
Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13


Designer Dinner in Olo Creative Kitchen

Designer dinners are multi-sensory combinations of Michelin-starred food and top Nordic design. The dinners are held in Olo’s Creative Kitchen, during the opening and the closing weekend of Design Week, and the menus are designed by Olo’s best chefs along with a top Finnish designer.
Each dinner has seating for 22 people.

Friday, 7 September 18:00-21:00
Saturday, 8 September 18:00-21:00
Friday, September 18:00-21:00
Saturday, 9 September 18:00-21:00
Olo Creative Kitchen
Helenankatu 2


Designed for Dining

Ceramic artist Karin Widnäs has designed a unique dessert set for event centre Koskenranta. Chosen as the most popular event venue at the Evento Awards ceremony 2018, the restaurant invites visitors to enjoy the idyllic milieu of the Old Helsinki City – its rapids and design.

Monday to Thursday, 10 – 14 September 09:00-18:00
Ravintola Koskenranta
Saksilaisenkatu 9


Origami x Finnish Food = ?

Fascinated by Finnish food and experimental Finnish & Japanese design, the T to E collective of designers Tanja Kallio and Emi Viitanen has created a unique collection of origami illustrations. The ORIGAMI & FINNISH FOOD =? Pop-up Installation and Workshops is held in the tea house & shop TeeMaa.

Tuesday, 11 September 10:00-19:00
Wednesday, 12 September 10:00-19:00
Thursday, 13 September 10:00-19:00
Friday, 14 September 10:00-19:00
Saturday, 15 September 12:00-18:00
Sunday, 16 September 12:00-18:00
TeeMaa tea house & shop
Annankatu 19


Edible Stories Workshop

This workshop explores storytelling aspects of food. We use different food ingredients as narrative elements and combine food qualities, characteristics and meanings with personal experiences and memories to create narrative structures for stories. Open to 30 participants. Enrolment required beforehand, but participation is free of charge.

Sunday, 16 September at 11:00-13:00 and 15:00-17:30
A21 Flavour Studio, Teurastamo
Työpajankatu 2


Memory Popsicles

Memory Popsicles is a participatory exhibition in which people are invited to taste “frozen memories” and re-interpret them in their own way. Each ice cream, beyond the aspect of taste, will contain a secret message written on its stick. This message is the fragment of the original memory the taste is representing. The role of the audience is to match each flavour with its original memory.

Friday, 14 September
Flavour Studio, Teurastamo
Työpajankatu 2