Celebrating 10 years of a home café event

An Estonian NGO assisted in a 10th anniversary celebration of a home café event started in an island town. They organised café workshops and helped spread the concept.

Project summary: 

Citizens of Kärdla town on Estonia’s Hiiumaa island were nicknamed ‘coffee pots’ due to their copious coffee-drinking. An event was created in which homeowners hosted a café for one day. The concept’s original developers assisted in a 10 year anniversary event including preparatory training workshops and publicity. 

The Estonian NGO used EAFRD funding to organise lectures and workshops to improve the café skills of participants in the event. They also promoted the event through media and online as well as spreading the concept across Estonia.

Project results: 

10 000 visitors came to the event, which included 31 participating cafés, with 400 local people organising the cafes.

The event was extremely popular, helping to strengthen local identity and bring the community together. It has also provided a great marketing tool for the island.

The NGO gained an award for the Best Regional Project in Estonia in 2016, while 40 other similar events were held across the country.