Estonia, Tallinn

Edible Estonia: Gems of Traditional Estonian Cuisine

when 23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 395

During this very practical course, we will discover the historical background and the heritage of Estonian food culture. In different workshops offering hands-on experiences, we will explore iconic food types in Estonia and the ways in which they are prepared. On every course day, you can taste/eat the food you prepare.

One full day of the course will be a field trip. For the first part of the day, we will visit the Estonian Dairy Museum, where we will take part in a workshop and learn how to make a dairy-based dessert that is popular among Estonians. The second part of the field trip will be spent in an Estonian forest, where we will enjoy fresh air and learn about the cultivation and harvesting of seasonal forest vegetation. The following day, we will use our picked crops to make traditional dishes.

The course is divided according to food groups, one topic for each day. Each course day has both a theoretical part and a practical workshop, where we will learn a wide range of cooking techniques. In traditional Estonian cuisine, cooking was often a time-consuming activity, so some dishes will take several days to prepare.

Course leader

Jaana Taar is a lecturer of home economics at the School of Natural Sciences and Health at Tallinn University. She gives theoretical home economics courses mostly at the masters level, but also provides workshops and practical food-preparation courses at

Target group

This course is suitable for all people interested in the specialty of Estonian traditional cuisine.

Course aim

To give an overview of Estonian traditional cuisine, its iconic food products, and conventional food preparation techniques.

Fee info

EUR 395: Early-bird fee until March 31, 2018. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.
EUR 445: Regular fee after March 31, 2018. Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.