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Baltic Sea Menu

The easiest way to participate in the Baltic Sea Day is to enjoy a Baltic Sea-friendly meal! On Baltic Sea Day, restaurants and home kitchens invite us to eat the tasty, sustainably fished shoaling fish of the Baltic Sea and other nearby waters, accompanied by fresh in-season vegetables. Catch a picture of your meal and share it on social media using the hashtags #balticseaday and #balticseamenu.

The Baltic Sea Menu reduces the nutrient load of waterways

The Baltic Sea and many of our inland waters suffer from excessive nutrient loads. Putting bream, roach, Baltic herring, vendace and perch to good use is a cost-efficient way to combat eutrophication. At the same time, it provides a healthy and environmentally friendly source of protein.

The Baltic Sea Menu in practice

The Baltic Sea Menus favour bream, roach, Baltic herring, vendace and perch from the Baltic Sea and its nearby waters. For vegetarian options, main ingredients could be e.g. legumes, broad beans, or peas.

In-season vegetables such as cauliflower, carrot, broccoli and courgette will complement the Baltic Sea Menu in August in a delicious and colourful way. Other great ingredients for a Baltic Sea Menu could be e.g. potatoes, Finnish grains and berries, such as bilberries, red and black currants, and gooseberries.

How to participate?

We invite restaurants, cafés, and staff canteens to join in

Create a Baltic Sea friendly dish or even a full Baltic Sea Menu for your restaurant. You can also, in addition or as an alternative, create a takeaway picnic basket or menu kit to be cooked at home, using Baltic Sea friendly raw materials.

We encourage you to serve Baltic Sea friendly food as often as it suits you: a Baltic Sea Menu, for example, can be served all through summer!

Restaurants and cafés can announce their Baltic Sea Menu implementations here on the Baltic Sea Day pages as an event (In Finland). Staff restaurants can announce their Baltic Sea Menu as an activity (In Finland).

Baltic Sea Menu for home chefs and gourmands

Celebrate the Baltic Sea Day with a feast! You can locate the restaurants and cafés that serve Baltic Sea friendly food here.

You can also become a Baltic Sea Day chef yourself, and create – on your own or with friends – a menu that really makes a difference!

You can improve the status of the Baltic Sea by eating sustainably caught wild fish such as bream, roach, Baltic herring, vendace or perch, as fishing removes nutrients, and, as a consequence, curbs eutrophication. Here, you can download empty Baltic Sea Menu templates, and create your very own Baltic Sea Menu (.zip).

Each meal counts, and each meal can be an inspiration – so do share a picture of your Baltic Sea Menu, using the hashtag #balticseaday.

For more ideas, see links below