Cultural bonding through delicacies was the motive of the event, “Chinese Food Night in Finland”, that took place at the Main Post Office Restaurant in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday 14 October 2019. Organized by the Chinese embassy in Finland on the initiative of China Cuisine Association and with the participation of Finnish Chef Association.
The Chinese Food Night in Finland is the first stop in a planned series of activities called “Chinese Catering Delegation into Nordic” initiated by the China Cuisine Association. From Finland, the delegation will travel to Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
In Helsinki, the event gathered more than 30 top chefs from China and Finland enjoying and exchanging their profound and unique culinary cultures.
The chefs from the two countries presented their talents and learned from each other creating fine delicacies, sharing their experience while deepening cultural understanding and friendship of people from the east to the west.
Chen Li, the Chinese ambassador to Finland was among the high profile guests attending the event.
“Chinese cuisine is an important part of the Chinese culture. I am very happy to see that Chinese food is getting more and more popular in Finland and I hope we will find more Finnish restaurants in China and more Finnish food on our tables,” the Ambassador said.
Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture of Finland, shared his hope:
“Finland and China both have a quite proud food culture tradition, tonight we share food from each other and show respect to each other’s cultural tradition, enhancing mutual understanding. Food and love are important. I hope everyone can feel the friendship and love through food,” she said.
Liu Qiang, of the China Cuisine Association said about the exchange experience:
“This event is a kind of cooperation, We have learned a lot from Finnish chefs about cooking ingredients, method and more. We introduced Chinese representative dishes here also. Hoping to make Chinese food more international.”