In 2017, with Finland celebrating 100 years as an independent nation, a special dinner is taking place, and anyone, anywhere in the world, can participate. The big din-din, nicknamed Finnish Your Dinner, happens the weekend of August 25 to 27. August 26 is exactly 100 days before Finland’s 100th Independence Day (December 6).
Finnish Your Dinner is modelled on Dinner Under the Sky, an annual summer event held in Helsinki (June 12 in 2017), except that this August the festivities are extended to everywhere the sky is visible. (Full disclosure: Finnish Your Dinner is produced by the same people who do Dinner Under the Sky, participatory city culture organization Yhteismaa, along with the City of Helsinki, the Elo Foundation for the Promotion of Finnish Food Culture and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.) Finnish Your Dinner also has similarities to Restaurant Day, a wildly successful Finnish creation that encourages people to open their own pop-up restaurants for a day, posting their locations online.
For Finnish Your Dinner, as with Dinner Under the Sky, people set up dining tables outside in the spirit of a block party. That’s where the white tablecloth comes in. It raises the ante. Event organisers are encouraging participants to cover the tables to make the occasion a little fancier and a lot more festive.
Dinner parties are grand