More about Restaurant Day

Concept

Restaurant Day is a worldwide food carnival and a movement that allows anyone to set up a restaurant, café or a bar.

During the first five years from May 2011 to May 2016 Restaurant Day was celebrated four time a year. From May 2016 every day is Restaurant Day and pop-up restaurants can be opened and local food carnivals can happen anytime and anywhere: at your home, at the office, on a street corner, in your garden or inner courtyard, at a park, or on the beach – only your imagination is the limit.

Restaurant Day’s birthday is celebrated annually with a big global food carnival every third Saturday of May.

Facts

Restaurant Day is the world’s largest food carnival. During the first five years of quarterly global food carnivals all together over 27 000 pop-up restaurants by over 100 000 restaurateurs have catered for over 3 million customers in 75 countries.

Pop-up restaurants have so far popped up on Restaurant Day in Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belize, Belgium, Bonaire, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Ecuador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, USA and Uzbekistan.

Awards

  • 2011: Finland Prize, award given by Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland
  • 2011: Cultural Event of the Year, award given by Helsinki City Library and Cultural Committee
  • 2011: Food Phenomenon of the Year, chosen by Gloria Food & Wine magazine
  • 2012: Best Event, Best of Helsinki vote by Helsinki City Tourism and Convention Bureau
  • 2012: Best Mobile Service in Finland, award given by Teleforum
  • 2013: Food Event of the Year in Denmark, chosen by Mat+Medier
  • 2013: Social Media Event of the Year, award given by Some Awards Finland
  • 2013: Production of the Year in Finland, award given by Arts and Culture Union Taku ry
  • 2014: Finnish Travel Award, given by Finnish Fair Foundation
  • 2014: Ruohonjuuri Award, given by Ruohonjuuri
  • 2014: Consumer Act of the Year, award given by the Finnish Consumers Union

Quotes

Restaurant Day is exactly the sort of project that will define our future. Restaurant Day has inspired the city’s population to question how things are run and to experiment and put forward new ideas of how daily life might be improved in the future. — Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki (Monocle’s city survey on Helsinki in the May 2012 issue)

Restaurant Day has probably affected Finnish restaurant culture more than anything else since the new alcohol legislation of 1969 when beer was allowed to be sold in supermarkets. — Paavo Arhinmäki, Minister of Education and Culture (The speech for Finland Prize)

Restaurant Day changes Helsinki’s profile by placing the people in the center. Restaurant Day is new and surprising. It is culture by the people for the people. — Anni Sinnemäki, Head of the Library and Cultural Committee, City of Helsinki & Ex-minister of Labour (The speech for Cultural Event of the Year award)

Restaurant Day is a prime example of how food can give birth to a new type of communality.” — Johanna Mäkelä, professor of Food Culture, University of Helsinki (Helsingin Sanomat newspaper Jan 3 2012)

Organization

The real heroes of Restaurant Day are the thousands of fun loving people setting up and enjoying amazing pop-up restaurants. However, a group of volunteers is helping everything run smoothly in the background. The event is facilitated by an association created by the Restaurant Day team. The members of board are Timo Santala, Kirsti Tuominen, Antti Tuomola and Jyrki Vanamo.

Timo Santala (Chairman of the Board)
timo.santala@restaurantday.org
+358 50 545 6781

Press photos

Restaurant Day Press photos on Flickr

The Restaurant Day photos can be used free of charge ONLY as part of journalistic communication about Restaurant Day and with a single right of publication. All other use must be negotiated separately with the photographer. The photographers name and Restaurant Day MUST be credited alongside the published photo in all cases. The names of the people, the photo captions and the photographer information can be found on the metadata. Photos must not be cropped or edited in any way that might change the main composition of the photo.

In the case of print publication two copies of each magazine or newspaper MUST be sent to Restaurant Day, Mäntymäentie 2, 00250, Helsinki, Finland. In the case of web publication a link to the photos MUST be sent to timo.santala@restaurantday.org.

If these rules of conduct are not fulfilled and these photos are published against this license, a fee of usage of 200€ (+VAT24%) per photo will be billed. These rules of conduct are legally binding and by publishing any of these photos you agree to this license.

For licensing any other than journalistic use, please contact the photographer directly.

Logo

Restaurant Day logo (pdf)

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