The airport's 60th anniversary is celebrated with 1952 wines and a special menu
To honour the 60th anniversary of Helsinki Airport, the Wine & View bar at the airport will include a special range of wines and cognac from 1952 in its selection. The nostalgic atmosphere can also be felt at the Fly Inn restaurant, which will offer a festive 1950s menu.
The Fly Inn, the airport's oldest restaurant – opened in 1969 and still in operation – will look back at the 60-year history of Helsinki Airport by offering a special HelsinkiMenu – "Helsinki Airport 60 years" in the summer.
The starters comprise shrimp, which, along with air travel, was a new thing for Finns in the early 1950s. By the 1960s, shrimp was already served at restaurant buffet tables, where diners could eat as many as they liked.
Veal fillet, roasted as a whole, sounds like a festive dish, but it was very common in the menus back in the day. Of course, going away on a trip was a big event for most Finns at the time.
To celebrate the airport's 60th anniversary, veal returns to the menu with an excellent béarnaise sauce. A classic royal dessert, which contains meringue and whipped cream, tops off the meal in style.
The Wine & View bar is looking for wines in auctions throughout the world. The range includes Fransac cognac from 1952.
"It is likely that we will get wines from 1952 from Piemonte and Bordeaux," says Jussi Laakso, Marketing Director of SSP Finland, which runs the wine bar.
He says that 1952 was a good wine year. Particularly the Bordeaux west coast – St. Emilion and Pomerol – produced excellent wine, which will now be available at Helsinki Airport.
HelsinkiMenu ”Helsinki Airport 60 years”
Shrimp cocktail and Rhode Island dressing
Veal fillet roasted as a whole, béarnaise sauce
Royal strawberry dessert
€45, the menu is available 6 June – 9 October 2012
1952 wine range
Chateau Cos d'Estournel 1952
Chateau L' Evangile 1952
Chateau Pichon Comtesse de lalande 1952