Helsinki aims to become a destination for international food-lovers. The City of Helsinki is constructing a Good Food Centre in the Kalasatama district of the city, a location that already has a long tradition as a wholesale market serving food professionals. The first phase of the Good Food Centre is planned to open in 2012 when Helsinki becomes the World Design Capital. The centre is designed to serve both tourists and the inhabitants of the city, and to showcase Finnish culinary know-how.
The project will include restaurants, food-related education, events and a market area. The Good Food Centre is part of the food culture strategy supported by Jussi Pajunen, the Mayor of Helsinki, which aims to make Helsinki a pioneer in developing Finnish culinary culture and to establish the city as a European destination for food-lovers. The project is funded by Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.