The taste of North Karelia

Karelian food tradition has strong roots in the nature of North Karelia. Karelia à la carte combines the best aspects of traditional cuisine with more modern tastes, laying stress on individuality in preparation and taking the fullest possible advantage of seasonal ingredients.

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Food from nature

Variety, abundance, nuance – three key words in the Karelian kitchen, typically based on local products such as fish and game, forest mushrooms and berries. Favorites include a bewildering variety of pies and pasties with names such as sultsina, tsupukka, pyörö, piirakka, kukkonen and vatruska.

Food and culture along the Via Karelia route

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Karelian pasties

Karelian pastries (karjalanpiirakat) are traditional pastries originating from the Karelia region. This rye crust, rice filled pasty is loved by Finns all around the country. It is a perfect salty snack, breakfast, evening snack or side dish. Spread egg butter on top of your oven fresh pasty and your perfect snack is ready.

Bake your own pasties

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Karelia à la Carte

Throughout Karelia you will spot restaurants and country inns bearing the ’Karelia à la Carte’ signs, a guarantee of genuine Karelian cuisine, an unique combination of western kitchen with influences from the Russian kitchen and Orthodox traditions. Karelia à la Carte is a sign of high quality and local flavours.

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