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Last Updated: Friday, 20 October 2006, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
Finns serve feast for EU sceptics
Roast goose
Twenty-five EU leaders will tuck into roast goose
Chefs in the Finnish town of Lahti are preparing to prove their country's culinary credentials to the world.

As the EU energy summit gets under way, Finnish ovens are being fired up to fill 25 eminent European bellies with "roasted goose supreme".

Other delights on the menu on Friday include tartare of lavaret (a white fish) and sea buckthorn berry mousse.

Last year, French President Jacques Chirac, pronounced Finnish food the worst in Europe.

LUNCHEON MENU
Smoked lamb roast with cranberry sauce
Braised arctic char with tarragon sauce
Ginger flavoured pears
Wines:
Dolcetto di Dogliani 2004
Sancerre Blanc 2004
Perrin Muscat Beaumes de Venise 2001

In the run-up to the G8 summit in Scotland in 2005, France's Liberation newspaper quoted Mr Chirac denigrating cuisine in Britain, saying: "After Finland, it is the country with the worst food."

The president was reportedly sharing a joke with Germany's then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the time.

In the past, Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi also compared Italian and Finnish food culture and found the latter vastly inferior.

DINNER MENU
Lavaret tartare with grilled fennel
Artichoke soup
Rosemary roasted goose supreme with rowanberry sauce
Chocolate and sea buckthorn berry mousse
Wines:
Am Sand Gewurztraminer 2002
Corullon 2003
Gruner Veltliner Eiswein 2005

"There is absolutely no comparison between culatello (speciality ham) from Parma and smoked reindeer," Mr Berlusconi was quoted as saying.

His country succeeded in hosting the European Food Safety Authority in 2005 in Parma instead of in Helsinki, Finland.

In 2001, he told the European Union that Finland did not deserve the food safety agency as "Finns don't even know what prosciutto is".

His comments ruffled diplomatic feathers in Finland.



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04 Jul 05 |  Europe
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