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The Finnish Salty Liquorice Association (Suomen Salmiakkiyhdistys) is a non-profit consumer organization, founded 1997 in Helsinki. Annually, we give the Salmiakki Finlandia Award for the best salty liquorice sweet of the year.

Pantteri, Finnish salty liquorice drops – box approximately from the 1960’s. Photo: Finnish Salty Liquorice Association

We have two events during the calendar year: the main happening Salmiakkigaala and the wee summer trip Salmiakkipiknik.

Despite the grandiose title of Salmiakkigaala, it is ironically not a costume gala, but an entertainable down-to-earth bar night in the heart of Helsinki.

Usually there’s an overwhelming salty liquorice buffet, Salmiakki Finlandia Award release, live music by our house band, jazzgruppo Jahnukaiset, DJ and possibly semi-funny competitions.

 

Badges for Salmiakkigaala 2014. Photo: Finnish Salty Liquorice Association

Badges for Salmiakkigaala 2014. Photo: Finnish Salty Liquorice Association

Every year we present new Salmiakki Finlandia Award judges. Here’s one of them: Mr. Pertti Jarla, possibly the most popular cartoonist in Finland at the moment.  He’s working on new Fingerpori cartoons with salmiakki goodies on his table. Photo: Finnish Salty Liquorice Association

The Association’s ruling organ is called salmiakkikonklaavi, the Salmiak Conclave. Each year, we nominate roundabout six products to enter the Salmiakki Finlandia contest. The sweets can be either classics or newcomers, made in Finland or elsewhere. Our Conclave chooses & invites 1-2 respected citizens (usually artistic figures) to be the ultimate judges. On stage at Salmiakkigaala, the judges announce their views to live audience. The award-winning factory or import company receives the beautiful black trophy handmade by designer Leena Salmio, member of our Cabinet.

The other event, Salmiakkipiknik will happen usually roundabout June in the fortress island Suomenlinna  (Sveaborg, in Swedish) just outside Helsinki. All the piknik members form a jury that will give verbal and numeral review of the piknik candies brought by the Salmiak Conclave. The jury’s result summary will be sent to the candy factories and importors.

At Salmiakkipiknik events, in addition to candies, we tend to enjoy vinyl entertainment: Telly ”Kojak” Savalas, Roger Whittaker, Herreys, Boney M and other loveable artists. Photo: Finnish Salty Liquorice Association

 

Contact info:

Finnish Salty Liquorice Association / Suomen Salmiakkiyhdistys / Finska Salmiakföreningen 

Post address: ///NO MORE/// Box 204, 00121 Helsinki, Finland
IMPORTANT: OUR POSTBOX DOES NOT SERVE US ANYMORE (3.8.2015>) DUE TO POST COMPANY’S GREEDY, ROCKET-HIGH PRICES (150 % INCREASE IN 5 YEARS). BUT YOU CAN STILL REACH US. IN CASE YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEND A PACKAGE, SAMPLES ETC. TO US, PLEASE CONTACT FIRST Jukka Annala (040 822 8261) or Anki Nikula (0400 261 396). THEY’LL GIVE YOU AN ADDRESS.

Email: ohoi@salmiakki.fi

Chairman: Jukka Annala                      mobile +358 40 822 8261

 

 

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