Special events at THE Baltic Herring market

Sunday, 2 october

On the deck of the sailing boat Vivan

10 am: Mayor Juhana Vartiainen opens the Helsinki Baltic Herring Market

12 to 1 pm: Speeches celebrating Baltic herring

  • Managing Director of the Federation of Finnish Fisheries Associations, Vesa Karttunen, talks about the federation’s work
  • Presentation about the Martha organisation: Cecilia Nyman and Camilla Komonen from the Swedish-speaking Martha Club of Helsinki talk about the club’s activities
  • Organisers of the traditional charity boat race ‘Herring Row’ talk about the race and this year’s theme: Tribute to the Baltic Herring

4 pm: Announcement of the judges’ verdict and award ceremony

Elsewhere in the Market Square

10 am to 4 pm: Seija Vesterinen sets the mood for the nautical event with accordion music

10 am to 4 pm: Traditional creamy Baltic herring chowder available from the Southern Finland branch of the Finnish Chef Association

12 noon: Traditional charity boat race ‘Herring Row’ finishes at the Lyypekinlaituri pier with music from the Helsinki Finnish Club brass band

Wednesday, 5 october

On the deck of the sailing boat Vivan

3 & 5.30 pm Music show by the performance art theatre company Meriteatteri, featuring songs by actor-musicians Antti Autio and Vera Veiskola