Non-Degree / Dates: 22–27 July 2018

“You are what you eat.” In the light of this old saying, what does it mean to be Estonian? What are traditional Estonian dishes that locals have been preparing for centuries, and that have an important role on our modern food table?

During this very practical course, we will discover the historical background and the heritage of Estonian food culture. In different workshops offering hands-on experiences, we will explore iconic food types in Estonia and the ways in which they are prepared. On every course day, you can taste/eat the food you prepare.

One full day of the course will be a field trip. For the first part of the day, we will visit the Estonian Dairy Museum, where we will take part in a workshop and learn how to make a dairy-based dessert that is popular among Estonians. The second part of the field trip will be spent in an Estonian forest, where we will enjoy fresh air and learn about the cultivation and harvesting of seasonal forest vegetation. The following day, we will use our picked crops to make traditional dishes.

The course is divided according to food groups, one topic for each day. Each course day has both a theoretical part and a practical workshop, where we will learn a wide range of cooking techniques. In traditional Estonian cuisine, cooking was often a time-consuming activity, so some dishes will take several days to prepare.

The week is organized as follows:
Monday – Vegetables
Tuesday – Grains
Wednesday – Dairy (field trip)
Thursday – Nature-inspired cuisine
Friday – Meat


Classes take place from Monday to Friday.

Monday: 9-14
Tuesday: 9-14
Wednesday: 9-17 (field trip)
Thursday: 9-14
Friday: 9-14


This course is suitable for all people interested in the specialty of Estonian traditional cuisine, its iconic food products, and conventional food preparation techniques.

Credit points

Upon full participation and completion of course work students will be awarded 3 ECTS points and a diploma of completion.

Course fee

445 EUR. For students 395 EUR. Accommodation is not included in the price.


Kristi Paas, MA

Jaana Taar, MA

Tiina Vänt, MA