Overindulge this autumn on the best of food & drink Switzerland has to offer
• Celebrating Vacherin Mont-d’Or: 24th & 25th September
The Lake Geneva Region produces some of the world’s best cheeses, but perhaps the most famous of all is Vacherin Mont-d’Or AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée).
Once a year, more than 4,000 people come to the region to enjoy the ‘Désalpe’ (the celebration of the cows returning from the pastures to the plains). For this festival day, the cows are adorned with their most beautiful bells and are guided by herdsman. Visitors here also have the opportunity to enjoy an incredible local produce market, traditional entertainment and, above all, a chance to taste the first Vacherin of the season.
Vacherin Mont-d’Or was the first cheese to be awarded the AOP label in Switzerland. A delicious seasonal soft cheese which always comes in its distinctive box made of spruce, giving it its unique woody flavour. From September to April connoisseurs enjoy it as comes or baked in the oven.
• The Best Truffle Market in Switzerland: 29th October
Bonvillars Truffle market has become the most famous truffle market in Switzerland. Every year the region harvests around a ton of wild truffles and here at the annual Bonvillar market around 100kg are sold. As well as buying these delicious local truffles, visitors are able to enjoy truffle tastings, meet the truffle hunting dogs and handlers, enjoy cooking demonstrations and truffle history talks. Not to be missed is the unique truffle cheese fondue served in a quaint horse-drawn carriage.
• Open Cellar Celebration: 23rd – 25th September
The annual ‘Fête des Vendanges’ turns the old town of Lutry into a festival to mark the end of the grape harvest. The winemakers open their cellars, the canteens open their doors, the village celebrates with three days of madness, wine and music. During this time, the quaint town of Lutry sees over 20,000 people gather for feasting and festivities.
• Celebration of the UNESCO Lavaux Vineyards: 10th & 11th September
Unbeknown to many is that the Lake Geneva Region contains some ancient vineyards wine regions that have been producing some delicious wines since the 11th century. This year, is the third ‘Lavaux Passion’, a two day event celebrating the local artisan wines and Lavaux, the UNESCO world heritage site. With lake cruises, wine-tastings, wine workshops and the chance to meet the wine makers. It is an event that any win lover should put in their diaries.