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Tampere Fish Fair is celebrating 25th Anniversary
The multiple selection of delicious fish products and dishes are waiting for all friends of healthy and tasty food at Laukontori Square in Tampere 22.−24.4.2016. Tampere Fish Fair is celebrating at the same time both 25th Anniversary and 50th event. The Fish Fair was originally founded in 1991 and it has grown from small happening to one of the biggest events in the Tampere Region, organized by Fisheries Centre of the Tampere Region.
Tampere Fish Fair was a revolutionary example for many other cities and areas of Finland. After big success of Tampere Fish Fair lot of other fish events were established in different parts of the country.
From the very beginning, the basic idea of Tampere Fish Fair was to support fisheries industry and to promote the consumption of healthy fish products and fish – especially caught from lake areas. At the same time a great new event for whole family was born and people of the Tampere Region can enjoy the splendid atmosphere and wide range of delicacies by the Ratinansuvanto Pool twice a year.
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Photo above: Ismo Kolari. "Take it easy at Laukontori Square.”
A wide variety of fishing-related events are organised in different parts of Finland, allowing you to take part in exciting competitions, sample fish delicacies and check out the latest tackle innovations.
Photo: Jari Tuiskunen
Helsinki Angling Marathon, ‘Stadionki’.
Exciting fishing competitions
Finns are a competitive race and fishing competitions have long traditions. Competitions are organised around the themes of ice-fishing, angling, trolling, spinning and crayfishing. Ice-fishing competitions attract the highest number of people; numbers of participants in the largest competitions run into thousands.
Especially popular summer events are the hundreds of trolling competitions, the largest and most well-known of which is the 24-hour rowing marathon, the Puruvesi Salmon Championships, organised in Kesälahti. The River Teno Salmon Championship is resolved by trolling a big salmon from this majestic stream of Upper Lapland.
Photo: Lentokuva Vallas
Ice-fishing enthusiasts spread out on the ice like ants during the Lake Kallavesi Finnish Championships.
The European Championships in salmon trolling, held on the Gulf of Finland, bring plenty of participants and spectators to Helsinki. Every year, Lake Oulujärvi hosts the European Championships in pike trolling, while the World Championships in zander trolling, known as Rönnin Veto, take place on Lake Längelmävesi. The solemn names of events, such as ‘World Championships', demonstrate Finnish anglers' ardent zeal – and sometimes quite considerable fanaticism – about their pastime. Many competitions are open to all interested participants.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
A trolling competition on Lake Rahajärvi, Inari.
Delicacies at fish fairs
About 50 fish fair events are organised every year, offering a diverse range of delicious fish dishes to be enjoyed on the spot, fresh fish and various preserved fish products, accompanied by plenty of additional entertainment. The largest events are the Helsinki and Turku Baltic Herring Fairs organised every autumn and the Tampere Fish Fair, held every spring and autumn.
Fish fair calendar (in Finnish)
Photo: Veli-Pekka Räty
Fish fairs offer fried vendace and many other fish delicacies. Tampere Fish Fair.
Brand new tackle at hunting and fishing fairs
Fishing and nature enthusiasts gather at hunting and fishing fairs, a few of which are organised every year. The most well-known events are the Riihimäki International Sportsmen's Fair, the Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair in Oulu and the Savo Wilderness Fair in Kuopio. The fairs present a diverse range of tackle, clothing and travel offering and, naturally, the latest product innovations.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
Kuopio hosts the Savo Wilderness Fair every other year.