A celebration of street food at World Village Festival | World Village Festival

Andrea Balogh

A celebration of street food at World Village Festival

Press release

Tue 16.5.2017 17.23

For many of its regular visitors, World Village Festival is also known as a celebration of street food cultures from around the globe. Deep-fried plantain chips, nopales cactus salad, Brazilian coxinha pastries, meze dishes, samosas, oxtail soup, spring and summer rolls, Tibetan vegetable momo dumplings, crêpes, Kuusamo vendaces and a plethora of other dishes are available at the festival. Every food vendor also offers at least one vegetarian option on their menu.

On the last weekend of May, from the 27th to the 28th, over 60 street kitchens will set up shop amid the festival at Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square. The flavours vary from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, while the food vendors range from civil society organisations to food trucks.

CSO kitchens make the festival’s culinary offering complete

Civil society organisations use festival food sales as a form of fundraising to support their work as well as offer several dishes that you won’t find in restaurants. The Finland–Nicaragua Association, for example, serves deep-fried plantain chips with halloumi cheese and fried cassava with chipotle dip, while the Apua Kolumbian lapsille (Aid for Colombian children) association offers Colombian dishes like empanadas and patacones.

Each food vendor has committed to serve at least one vegetarian option on their menu. Dishes suitable for vegans are also offered by several kitchens. Adding vegetarian food in the menus is part of the festival’s environmental goals: food vendors are encouraged to use organic and local ingredients as well as fair trade products. Dishes are served on biodegradable tableware, which can be composted after use.

On Saturday Ben & Jerry's are invited to discuss fair trade and business as well as ways for companies to act for a better world, at Lavaklubi. Furthermore there will be a discussion of veganism at the World Books when top chef Sami Tallberg is interviewed on Sunday.

Opportunities for action from hundreds of exhibitors

World Village Festival is held 27–28 May at Kaisaniemi Park and Railway Square in Helsinki. Opening hours are 11–12 on Saturday and 11–19 on Sunday. The event is admission free!

In honour of the Finnish centenary celebration, the festival is highlighting the role of civil society in building a just world.

The festival is organized by Kepa, the umbrella organisation for development co-operation that is made up of over 300 Finnish CSOs and an expert on development issues. The festival’s main partners are the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Union, Ben & Jerry’s and Maailman Kuvalehti.

Further information

Johanna Eurakoski
Communications and Fundraising Manager
johanna [dot] eurakoskiatkepa [dot] fi
+358 50 317 6698

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