Harvest Festival

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailu Riuttala talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

In Nordic and Baltic countries rye is traditionally used as a breading material, and most Finnish people serve rye bread with every meal, from breakfast to dinner. Therefore, the traditions behind rye farming go back hundreds of years. Nowadays, most of the work is done with help of machinery, but people still love to practise and celebrate the historical and traditional ways of harvesting rye by hand.

There are harvest festivals all around Finland in August, but we attended the most special one of all. The annual Finnish Championships of cutting Rye (Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailu Riuttala) at Riuttala Farm Museum in Kuopio.

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

The tools used are traditional sickle and scythe.

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRiuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Rye usually grows over a meter high, but this year Riuttala’s rye wasn’t a success. However, that did not stop the fun.

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Finnish Championship of Cutting Rye marking points:

sheaves; size, binding, evenness

shock; dry a group of twelve sheaves of grain placed upright and

supporting each other to allow the grain to dry and ripen.

work quality; purity of the cone, the overall impression

time

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

After the competition and little exploring around the Riuttala farm museum, we headed to the cafe. They served freshly made rye porridge, rye bread with drinks and coffee. The championship competitors also had the opportunity to enjoy the Riuttala smoke sauna by the lake at this point.

Ruispuuro, Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina KaziImage Source: ET lehtiImage source: ET lehtiRukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Then it was time to announce the Champions.

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailu Riuttala, Riuttalan talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

What a fantastic event, celebrating traditions and peasant culture and heritage. Join the event next year!

Rukiinleikkuun SM-kilpailut Riuttala talonpoikaismuseo - Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Karttula, Kuopio, Finland | Karoliina Kazi

Harvest Festival at Riuttala

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12 Comments

  1. 25th August 2016 / 8:40 pm

    This reminded me of my home town! So beautiful. Love it.

  2. 25th August 2016 / 10:04 pm

    I had no idea that rye was that popular in Finland, or that there is a rye festival. But it looks like an interesting celebration! I absolutely love your pictures, it looks so nice and calm there 🙂

    • 26th August 2016 / 7:32 am

      Thank you Sarah! Have you tried rye bread?

  3. 26th August 2016 / 4:56 pm

    Beautiful photos. I love rye bread!

    • 26th August 2016 / 8:33 pm

      Thank you Tamara. Rye bread is delicious and it was fun to see how it use to be cut before the modern machinery.

  4. 26th August 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Never experienced this kind of fetival before but it looks really fun. Lovely photos as well.

    • 26th August 2016 / 8:35 pm

      New experience for me as well, it was lovely to see how my grandparents use to do it. Thank you Wandering JM.

  5. lastchance3
    29th August 2016 / 6:20 pm

    This looks like such a beautiful day! I didn’t realize these festivals took place.

    • 29th August 2016 / 8:44 pm

      It was lovely, especially being there with my grandmother who loved every minute of it 🙂

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