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.
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.
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.
Finnish Salty Liquorice Association / Suomen Salmiakkiyhdistys / Finska Salmiakföreningen
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