From September 17 to 27, Switzerland celebrates Semaine du goût (“Week of taste”) with myriad food-related activities taking place throughout the country. I attended one of these events last weekend in Saignelégier. With a few days remaining, there’s still time to catch an event near you!
Semaine du goût
Since 2002, Switzerland has hosted an annual Semaine du goût that highlights regional food products and promotes sustainable practices related to health and the environment. Along with lots of opportunities to taste delicious foods, the event has an educational component as well—to teach people about traditional Swiss foods and nutritional eating habits, for example. This year, the Swiss city of Locarno in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino was selected as the “Ville de Goût 2015.”
Semaine du goût ends on Sunday, September 27, and there is an online directory of the many activities being hosted this weekend in Switzerland, if you’re interested.
Marché Bio in Saignelégier
Near the French border, in the town of Saignelégier (known for its horse event in August each year), my family and I visited the 28th annual Marché Bio et Artisanat. It features a huge organic farmers’ market with local produce and lots of good fresh food. Thankfully, this year’s weather was better than the rain we had last year!
In addition to all the Semaine du goût activities this weekend, there’s also a huge Swiss local foods competition this weekend in Delémont: Concours Suisse des Produits du Terroir. Bon week-end, everyone!