Baltic Festival 2018

posterThe Baltic Festival is fast approaching, this year it will be hosted by the Finnish Society of Melbourne.

The festival entails song and dance by the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and, their neighbour, Finland.

This year’s theme is Elonkorjuu, or “Harvest” for our non-Finnish speaking friends – that special time of the year when we gather everything that nature has to offer for us to survive over the cold winter; Wheat, mushrooms, berries, hunting, hay… and of course, the festivities to celebrate the successful harvest!

We hope that you can join us for this wonderful annual event, to celebrate our cultures and the friendships we have made over the years!

Location: Finnish Hall – 119 Pier Street, Altona
Date & Time: Sunday, October 21, at 2 pm
Price: $15 per person.
Space is limited so booking is essential.
Phone the Finnish Hall on 9398 4143 or email us at


Leivontapäivät ennen joulua // Baking days before Christmas


Help out the Finnish Society by coming to our baking days, and learn how to make these traditional baked goods!

They will be sold at the Suomi-Kauppa and the annual Christmas Bazaar. A special baking day will bake for the upcoming Baltic Festival which will be held at the Finnish Hall on the 21st of October.

Please bookmark this page, so you can easily come back later, as dates may change.

Below is the list of baking days leading up to Christmas.

15/09/18 Lauantai/Saturday
  • Karjalanpiirakat (Karelian Pasties)
06/10/18 Lauantai/Saturday
  • Ruisleipä (Rye Bread )
20/10/18 Lauantai/Saturday
  • Baking for Baltic Festival
30/10/18 Tiistai/Tuesday
  • Karjalanpiirakat (Karelian Pasties)
03/11/18 Lauantai/Saturday
  • Laatikot (Casseroles)
06/11/18 Tiistai/Tuesday
  • Pulla (Coffee Bread)
  • Joululimput (Christmas Bread)
10/11/18 Lauantai/Saturday
  • Lihapiirakat (Meat Pies)
  • Ruisleipä  (Rye Bread)
18/11/18 Sunnuntai/Sunday
  • Piparit (Gingerbread)
  • Joulutortut (Christmas Stars)
 23/11/18 Perjantai/Friday
  • Viinerit (Danishes)
  • Korvapuustit (Cinnamon Buns)
  • Lihapiirakat (Meat Pies)

If you would like to attend one or more of these, please book by contacting one of us below:

Pirjo Tossavainen – ph. 0419 554 390 – email:
Lea Jortikka – ph. 0401 864 537 / 9729 4483 – email:

The kitchen does have limited space so booking your baking spot is essential. If too many people want to attend on a particular date, we may contact you again to ask if we can reallocate you.