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Dancers from Thailand show off their skills at the Matka Travel Fair 2024. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

THE MATKA TRAVEL FAIR continues to connect people to fair-exclusive discounts, exotic food and newsflashes.

“How much electricity does this thing use?” an older journalist asked Aki Viljasalo, who was working behind the counter of a silver trailer serving delicious khachapuris—Haapasalon Hatsapuris!

The trailer works all over Finland, from Puumala to Hämeenlinna and Helsinki, serving the Georgian national dish handmade in Finland. The company was founded by actor Ville Haapasalo, once one of the most popular if not famous public figures in Russia until he publicly announced his support for Ukraine.


Hatsaburger is something we recommend to stay energized for the whole day. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY

And here’s the truth: the delicious Hatsapuri Burger, which doesn’t seem to be on the menu on their website, with falafel and vegetables wrapped in wheat bread and salty Georgian sulguni cheese will make you forget all about electricity.

Many interesting countries are represented at the fair. In addition to Georgia, these include Japan, Thailand and Estonia. Domestic travel is also well covered—enter the Saimaa gate!

Sunday is the last day to visit the fair.

Matka Travel Fair 2024 runs until January 21 at the Helsinki Exhibition Center.