Like Hullut Päivät in Stockman (see this), the Fish Market in Laukontori is sure to happen every spring and every autumn. For a weekend, the market fills the nostrils with the smells of smoke, roasting butter and, (sad but true) fish. Live music and other entertainment, hustle and bustle of the market, as well as screaming gulls among other flying rats can be heard throughout the weekend.
This weekend the weather didn’t treat the market well on its’ opening Friday, April 20th. The icy rain and wind made people stay home, or that’s at least how the empty market area looked like.
Some entrepreneurs smoke or flame their fish en place. In additions to the sellers of fresh, smoked, canned or otherwise prepared fish, the market contains food items such as bakeries and pastries from Eastern Finland, honey products, condiments, spices etc. Some entrepreneurs sell game or other meat. There are also some hand-made products, and products from outside of Finland.
The traditional and interesting act in this market is to watch an old, long bearded man take sips from his bottle and then throwing squirts from it to the flames where stood roasting salmon on planks. The man constantly shouts about his authentic cognac flamed treats.
Growing up, we’d sometimes visit the fish market and ate the fried vendance or other typical fish dishes, such as salmon with potatoes and sauce. These past few years I’ve visited the market only because I happen to live almost next to it.
One good thing about this bleak rain is that it silences the gulls!