DAY OF ESTONIAN BREAD AND AUTUMN FAIR
Adult fee 9 €
Discount fee 5 €
Family fee 18 €
September 18, 2016, at 10-16
Big autumn fair opened alongside the main road until Nätsi windmill! A traditional bread fair held around Nätsi windmill.
11:30 Blessing of bread. Service by Rev. Toomas Paul. Concert by the Women’s Choir of the National Library of Estonia.
Organic farmyard. Once again, the Estonian organic producers welcome the visitors with a wide selection of delicacies. An organic food fair is open, the selection of the audience’s favourite organic food is organised between 12:00–13:00.
At the landing of the Sassi-Jaani farm’s granary, children and adults can try how difficult it is to grind grain using a hand mill.
Concert by brass band Õnn tuli Õuele in front of Kolu Inn. Everyone is welcome to enjoy!
13:30 to 14:30 Selection of the best fair bread.
15:00 Award ceremony. Best organic product 2016 and Best organic producer 2016, the audience’s favourite organic product and announcement of the best fair bread.
The farm folk are busy at the Köstriaseme farm’s threshing floor to finish threshing the grain. The workers also need proper nourishment, cooked by the housekeeper at the summer kitchen.
The heart of an Estonian farm house was the kiln room stove with stone interior which took a while to warm up. But once it was heated, it stayed warm for a long time. We’ll put a fire to the kiln room stove and learn the purpose of firing up the stove during the cold season.
At the summer kitchen, the housekeeper introduces old and forgotten farm dishes
Bread baking was the most important task of a farmer’s wife and it was a time-consuming endeavour. The dough was put to leaven a day before, it was warmed under a coat and sheltered from draught like a small child. Bread taken from the oven could be cut only the day after; the custom was to break soft freshly baked bread!
The housekeepers break bread and offer it for tasting with fresh home-made butter.
Every pot has a lid! Best pot makers across Estonia have come to show and sell their work! From 11:00 to 15:30, you can watch at every half-hour how clay dishes are crafted on the potter’s wheel.
Lau village shop
Cycle to the shop to fetch bread! A nostalgic cycle tour to the village shop to fetch bread and milk is represented by a set of old bicycles from Orest Kormashov’s collection parked in front of the shop. The village shop invites the big as well as the little to trade, with or without a bike!
Kuie school house
Every once in a while, dolls, similarly to children, want to sit at a table and enjoy a treat. Dinner sets for dolls look like the real deal, except for being so tiny! The Kuie schoolmaster’s living room displays dinner sets for dolls from the Estonian Open Air Museum and the Tallinn City Museum collections.
Science theatre performance Toidumängud (“Food games”) asks if scientific experiments can be performed in the kitchen. Together we investigate the exciting things that can be organised with things found in the kitchen. Performances at the Kuie school house’s classroom at 13:00 and 14:00.
Outside, children and adults are welcome to experiment with the wonderful and simple art of potato print.
By Nätsi windmill
The Nätsi wooden mill opens its doors for a day so that everyone interested can learn why a windmill needs sails and what a mother tree is.
The Rescue Board introduces their rescue equipment and talks about fire safety.
- The bread day’s open championships in weighing the farmhand’s bread bag!
The end of September brings along Michaelmas, a celebration of the end of field work, when farm hands got paid for their summer labour. Everyone gets a chance to test how hard they worked this summer and what is the worth of their bread bag this autumn! Prizes from Veski Mati to the best!
We introduce food recipes from the Võru area at the small Sepa farm.
Russian house from Peipus
At the Russian house from Peipus, the kitchen traditions of the Old Believers of the area are introduced and a traditional fine bread is baked.
Seto kitchen traditions have been influenced by the bountiful fish from Lake Peipus, proximity of the border as well as the orthodox lent periods. So the Setomaa cuisine includes a variety of fish and mushroom dishes, pies and blinis. The housekeepers introduce and prepare Seto dishes.
Eesti Mahepõllumajanduse Sihtasutus, A le Coq, Tallinn City Museum, Energy Discovery Centre, Estonian Rescue Board
- Free buses with signs “Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum / Open Air Museum” leave from Sokos Hotel Viru in the city centre at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00. The buses return to the city centre at 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30; on-demand stop at Kristiine Keskus shopping mall on return route.
- By car: free parking at the museum main gate car park and the rear gate car park (about 1 km from the main gate, in the direction of Kakumäe).
- Public transport: buses 21 and 21B stop at the museum’s main gate (stop Rocca al Mare). Or take bus 22, 42, 43 and get off at the Zoo stop; the museum is a 15 minute walk away along the seaside road. Back to the city centre takes bus nr 41 or 41B. For public transport timetables, visit soiduplaan.tallinn.ee
- City Tour: blue route buses stop by the museum’s main gate. Times: www.citytour.ee