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.
The idea is simple, really. On a Restaurant Day anyone can set up a restaurant, anywhere. This means ordinary people get to play chefs and sommeliers for a change resulting a whole lot of fun and food plus wonderful meetings and memories, even odd ones.
Restaurant Day sprouted from Helsinki, the capital of Finland, in 2011, growing mainly through social media and into a global movement for “food for all”. Restaurant Day is, indeed, extra-ordinary. It is a festival for food from Ivalo, Singapore, Jerusalem, Poznan, San Diego, Lisbon and all the way to Yekaterinburg.
Photo: Roy Bäckström
What started as a fun-and-food-for-family-and- friends-kind-of-thing, is now a global movement making and shaking a difference for the food culture of tomorrow. Nominated as the Cultural Act of the year 2011 in Helsinki, Finland, and the Food Event of the year of 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Restaurant Day is getting bigger and tastier than ever.
Photo: Marinella Ruusunen
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.
The real heroes of Restaurant Day are the thousands of fun loving people setting up and enjoying amazing pop-up restaurants.
Photo: Heidi Uutela
Join the 24- hour food feist wherever you are!
Hungry, if we may say.