Welcome to enjoy the bounty of Åland harvest! It’s fresh, green, ripe, locally produced and pure pleasure for the eye and taste buds. Åland Harvest Festival, held annually the second last weekend of September, will soon be here. During the folksy, charming event the local farmers will have the chance to showcase their fresh raw produce for visitors.

Come and take a taste of the Åland Harvest Festival and learn more about the life in the countryside. Did you know that Viking Line and Tallink Silja will arrange a special cruise from Helsinki to Åland during the Harvest Festival? 

Skördefesten på Åland 2018 Therese Andersson

Encounters in the countryside

Book 18–20 September 2020 for a tasty weekend trip to Åland. The Harvest Festival highlights the beautiful autumn colors and offers exciting encounters – the consumer meets the producer, young meets the old, the town-dweller meets the farmer. This popular event for the whole family follows the good tradition and is divided into three themed events – Open Farms, “Plåpp Åpp” popup activities and Restaurants.

Exciting rural adventures and culinary experiences

During the Harvest Festival you can visit the Open Farms all around Åland and enjoy different kinds of activities and program, as well as sample and buy delicious, local products. You have the opportunity to discover Åland countryside and to meet down-to-earth people and local producers in beautiful surroundings.

Skördefesten på Åland 2018 Therese AnderssonMany farms offer fun activities for the whole family. For children there will be e. g. hay hopping, animals to pet and to say hi to, sandbox to play in, treasure hunts, guided tractor safari, pony ride, cookery school and lots of other activities and games.

Plåpp Åpp – the Åland variation of temporary pop-up places and events all around Åland. Plåpp Åpp activities give an insight into the daily life of a local farmer and producer.

Local delicacies and artisan food

You can also enjoy delicious and fresh local meals. The Harvest Festival Restaurants will offer menus that are based on local produce and that will highlight the local culinary profile. Hotel Arkipelag will serve a genuine Åland breakfast each morning. Make the table reservation by Ph. +358 18 24 020. Take the chance to enjoy an abundance of Ålandic culinary delights. Read more about the restaurants and farms with catering at www.skordefest.ax.

Clean hands and warm heart

This year, the locals have paid special attention to hygiene and other practical arrangements so that you can feel safe when traveling to and staying on the Åland Islands. Thank you for taking care of your own health and the health of others when you visit our islands! Help us to make the Åland Harvest Festival safe and enjoyable for everyone. Kindly follow good hand hygiene and coughing etiquette, maintain a pitchfork (1–2 meters) distance from other people, wear a mask where close contacts cannot be avoided and stay home if you are feeling unwell.

Visit the website and plan your route according to the open farms and to the sales of your favorite products and meals!

Harvest Festival cruises and bus trips

This year both Viking Line and Tallink SIlja will arrange a special cruise on 18 September from Helsinki to Åland where you will have a whole day to enjoy the maritime atmosphere and the bounty of Åland harvest. Via Viking Line you can even book a guided bus tour to Open Farms with the bus companies Viking Line Buss or Matkapojat.

If you don’t have a car of your own or if you prefer public transport, there will be a bus excursions to some of the open farms on Saturday 19 September. The bus trip with Williams Buss will start at 11 am and the bus will be back around 4 pm at Mariehamn bus station (Bussplan). 

The association Skördefestens Vänner

After the Harvest Festival you can prolong the charming harvest festival atmosphere by signing in as member in the association Skördefestens Vänner. The membership offers you exciting activities all year round. There is a lottery where you can win fun countryside experiences approximately every other month, such as milking a cow, feeding calves, sheep shearing, a promenade in blossoming apple orchards or other fascinating activities.

Welcome to the Åland Harvest Festival! Enjoy the lovely atmosphere and learn more about the life in the countryside.


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