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Fairs in Tartu
Tastes of Tartu
Best Customer Service Employee
Entrepreneurship Week
Brainhunt entrepreneurial competition

Fairs in Tartu

Tartu holds a number of popular fairs every year. The fair season kicks off in May with the annual Spring Fair, followed by the Hansa Fair in July, which is one of the largest and most exciting fairs taking place in Tartu. In September, it is time for St. Mary’s Fair, and the Christmas Fair will take place during the holidays.

Tartu’s Spring Fair

In 2019, Tartu’s Spring Fair took place on 4 May at 10:00-17:00 in downtown Tartu.

We look forward to seeing all merchants selling plants (fruit trees, decorative plants, sea-buckthorn shrubs, raspberry plants, etc.), flower seeds and bulbs, garden furniture and appliances and so on. We also welcome all Estonian master craftsmen and traders dealing with fresh green herbs and local Estonian food items.

The Spring Fair also features an entertainment programme.

To register your attendance or ask for additional information, contact the Entrepreneurial Department of the Tartu City Government by dialling +372 736 1192 and +372 736 1194 or send an email to evo@raad.tartu.ee.

The tradition of organising Tartu’s Spring Fair started in 2001.

Tartu Hansa Fair

In 2020, the Hansa Fair will take place on 18-19 July.

Tartu hosts hundreds of merchants selling wondrous handicraft items, preparing delicious meals on site and displaying their craftsmanship.

For more information on the Hansa Fair, see the website of the Tartu Hanseatic Festival: http://www.hansapaevad.ee/en/hansa-fair

Watch a video on the Tartu Hanseatic Festival in 2016.

Tartu’s St. Mary’s Fair

The 2019 St. Mary’s Fair in Tartu took place on 7 September at 10:00-17:00.

Feel free to participate if you have harvest goods (root vegetables and fruits), plants (fruit trees, decorative plants, sea-buckthorn shrubs, raspberry plants, etc.) and flower bulbs to sell. We also welcome all Estonian master craftsmen and traders selling local Estonian food items.

St. Mary’s Fair also features an entertainment programme.

To register your attendance or ask for additional information, contact the Entrepreneurial Department of the Tartu City Government by dialling +372 736 1192 and +372 736 1194 or send an email to evo@raad.tartu.ee. Registration is mandatory.

The tradition of organising Tartu’s St. Mary’s Fair started in 1999.

Tartu’s Christmas Fair

The 2019 Christmas Fair in Tartu will take place on 14 December at 11:00-16:00 in downtown Tartu.

We welcome all participants selling craft items and warm drinks, pastries and foodstuffs made in Estonia.

To register your attendance or ask for additional information, contact the Entrepreneurial Department of the Tartu City Government by dialling +372 736 1192 and +372 736 1194 or send an email to evo@raad.tartu.ee.

Last changed 04.10.2019

Tastes of Tartu

Tartu Food Festival

The 2020 Tartu Food Festival will take place on 7-9 August.

The Tartu Food Festival is a grand celebration of Estonian food that aims to offer and introduce food items produced by local small businesses as well as exciting snacks and dishes prepared by Tartu’s restaurants using local produce. The festival offers a wide selection of genuine Estonian food and produce straight from the producers.

This is the only day of the year that Tartu’s restaurants open up their pop-up dining places in downtown Tartu on Küüni Street to bring you the best culinary experiences.

Photo by Ahto Sooaru
Photo by Ahto Sooaru

Tasty Tartu culinary campaign

Tasty Tartu 2020 will take place on 1-29 February in restaurants in Tartu.

Tasty Tartu, which first took place in 2015, is a culinary campaign held dear by the residents of and visitors to the City of Tartu.

The month-long campaign enables people to enjoy three-course special menus in restaurants in Tartu to enjoy new culinary experiences at friendly prices. The master chefs working at restaurants partaking in the campaign do their very best to surprise residents of the city and visitors to the city with special appetising and savoury treats. Foods are prepared using local produce as much as possible.

All menus will be assessed by a jury, which will eventually pick the best entry of the year. Food lovers can also cast their judgement on the effort that restaurants make by selecting the visitors’ favourite.

For more information see: http://www.maitsevtartu.ee/en/.

Delight your taste buds in Tartu!

Photo by Silver Gutmann
Photo by Silver Gutmann

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The Best Customer Service Employee in Tartu

Service culture is a part of culture as a whole and often shapes the way people view an entire city. Tartu aims to be a city of outstanding service culture.

The competition for Best Customer Service Employee in Tartu aims to bring more focus on customer service and respective personnel and to promote the principles of good service and appraise the profession of customer service employees.

Tartu has selected its best customer service employee annually since 2004.

Last changed 14.04.2017

Tartu Entrepreneurship Week

Tartu Entrepreneurship Week takes place annually in October at the same time as the national entrepreneurship week in Estonia. In 2019 Tartu Entrepreneurship Week will take place on 7-12. October.

The goal of Tartu Entrepreneurship Week is to develop people’s business sense and a favourable attitude towards entrepreneurship, as well as to inspire entrepreneurs with growth potential to take more action.

Tartu Entrepreneurship Week has been held since 2005. In the past few years, almost 80 different events have taken place as part of the Entrepreneurship Week. This includes competitions, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, conferences and information days as well as the organisation of educational games and visits to various companies. Everyone starting from students to operating entrepreneurs is welcome to attend the events taking place during Tartu Entrepreneurship Week.

Tartu Entrepreneurship Week is organised by the Entrepreneurship Department of the Tartu City Government.

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Ajujaht (Brainhunt) entrepreneurial competition

Ajujaht, or Brainhunt, is the name of Estonia’s biggest entrepreneurial competition that promotes the entrepreneurship of young people in Estonia and helps create innovative and science-intensive businesses. Tartu City Government is among the list of supporters of the competition in an effort to increase entrepreneurial activity among young people in Tartu. The competition thus also includes a special prize for the company established in Tartu that displays the most innovation and has the highest operating value.

In the last edition in 2019, the special prize of the City of Tartu was awarded to Edible whose mission is to replace disposable plastic cutlery.

In 2018 the special prize of the City of Tartu was awarded to Decomer Technology that produces eco-friendly polymers for different industries.

In 2017 the special prize of the City of Tartu was awarded to Cody which is a coding study platform, that connects the theory to practice.

During the 2016 show, the special prize of the City of Tartu went to SprayPrinter, a company that also won the overall competition. The special prize was worth €4000 and as overall winners they also received a cheque for €30,000 SprayPrinter is a wireless printer that prints images or designs taken from your smartphone onto any wall of your choosing.

For more information see: http://www.ajujaht.ee/en

Last changed 04.10.2019