Is food the most important part of a conference?

    Think back on all the conferences you’ve attended. What specifics do you remember? Of course you might recall an exceptionally inspiring talk, or maybe you remember a new contact you met or some crazy demo stand. But one thing we’ve noticed: You always remember the food and your experience getting it – good or bad, long line or quick and easy. We’ve attended countless conferences at ArcticStartup, and our brain is a useless encyclopedia of conference food.

    With this in mind, we’re going big with the food at the Arctic15 this year, offering a a whole Food Street full of different flavors for you to try out. Not one, not two, not three, not even four, but five different food concepts are waiting for you to feast on at Arctic15: Exit Path.

    Thanks to a new startup, Foodiac, which allows you to order a chef straight to your home or office, we’ll be served pork neck by Top Chef winner and home-made sausages by MasterChef winner for you, and the chefs will be there to tell you more. Awesome! Then we got sushi with a local twist, sweet and spicy Thai flavors and delicious sandwiches. Hungry already? Read further and start drooling. Ohh and don’t worry about those long lines. Our Food Street lunch will be open from 11.00 until 15.00 and you can drop in at any time to fulfill your gastronomical desires.

    We’ve got also great coffee and tea for you, served non-stop. And how about mushroom beverages? No, not the magic ones! The medicinal ones which will give you an immunity boost.

    This all is naturally included in your ticket.

    Here is the full menu: (still subject to minor changes)

    Chef by Foodiac: Teemu Laurell – Top Chef 2012
    Slow-cooked Pork neck
    Day 1: with dijon and roasted potato
    Day 2: in oyster sauce with fresh noodle salad

    Teemu is a season 2012 winner of the TV show Top Chef Finland with broad experience from the best Finnish restaurants, such as G.W. Sundmans. Currently Teemu is running his own Restaurant Goto in Rauma and has his own TV show called 24Kitchen in FoxTV, where he creates modern dishes with local quality ingredients.

    Chef by Foodiac: Mika Tuomonen – Master Chef 2012
    Home-made Finnish sausages with fresh potato-salad
    Day 1: Finnish Pike or Vegetable sausage
    Day 2: Pork or Vegetable sausage

    Mika is the season 2012 winner of the TV show MasterChef Finland. After the title Mika decided to quit his IT-job and became a full-time restaurant & catering entrepreneur. Mika is known for his passion to home-made high-quality sausages, which he creates with special ingredients such as pike, mussels etc.

    Masabi Sushi (
    Day 1: Reindeer, cucumber roll, perch nigiri, wasabi fishegg-salmonpaste roll
    Day 2: Reindeerpaste roll, wakame-handroll, salmon nigiri and funnel chanterelle roll
    Naturally served with wasabi, ginger and soy sauce

    Gourmet Sandwiches by Street Gastro (
    Beef: Marinated red onion, Tomato, Parsley, Smoked cheese, Salad, Caramelised onion mayo, Lemon yoghurt.
    Chicken: Marinated tomato, Fresh cucumber, Salad, Coriander, Mint, Cumin yoghurt, Champagne vinegar.
    Vegetarian: ”Vegetarian Patty”, Fresh cucumber, Tomato, Salad, Marinated onion, Cumin yoghurt, Caramelised onion mayo.

    Thai Flavors with Twisted Helsinki (
    Day 1 – Mussaman chicken curry:
    A rich, smooth and spicy curry from Southern Thailand, simmered in coconut cream. Chicken, roasted nuts, coconut, Chinese cinnamon and star anise. (lactose free)
    Chiang Mai pineapple curry:
    Curry simmered in coconut cream. Kaffir lime, pineapple, cherry tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Cashew nuts and roasted onion.

    Day 2
    Thai style Chili Con Carne
    Traditional style Chili Con Carne. With Thai basil, roasted chili, lime and oyster sauce.
    Yellow curry with Shiitake mushrooms. Simmered in coconut cream. Shiitake mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, roasted nuts, chili and turmeric

    Breakfast Sandwich
    Country-style French baguette, freshly baked in Helsinki from organic local grains
    Ham and cheese
    Smoked salmon

    Drinks:We have Finnish coffee and tea retailer serving the guests with high quality coffees and teas from Swedish Johan & Nyström coffee roaster. The coffee menu includes aromas from Brasilian Yellow Bourbon and Ethiopian Welena coffees, which are served as brew coffee. Tea drinkers are pampered with charming flavours from organic T-Tea product line.

    Instant Mushroom beverages by Four Sigma Foods

    Water supply by AQVA Finland

    We intentionally published this post right before lunchtime, so that after read you’ll head straight to and grab a ticket. Tonight at midnight early-bird tickets run out so grab yours now! And thanks again to our Platinum sponsors Microsoft and Tekes, and Gold sponsor Paypal.

    Sliced roasted meat photo by shutterstock.