Culinary events

Here are some recommendations for current and upcoming culinary events in Switzerland:

Der Goldene Koch / Le Cuisinier d’Or
National Culinary Competition

February 25, 2019

Switzerland’s national culinary arts competition, Der Goldene Koch (German) or Le Cuisinier d’Or (French), takes place every two years. This competition allows some of the best and brightest chefs from around the country to showcase their talents.On February 25, 2019 at the Kursaal in Bern, the jury will select a new winner from the six chefs who have qualified for the final competition.

Festin Neuchâtelois
The Canton of Neuchâtel’s Annual Feast

March 9, 2019

Started in 2013, Festin Neuchâtelois highlights culinary specialties from the canton of Neuchâtel. Over a dozen participating restaurants will feature a special menu for this event. Reservations can be made directly at one of these restaurants. For more information, you can read about my experience attending Festin Neuchâtelois 2017 in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Alimentarium: Vevey
The Faces Behind Food

Until March 31, 2019

Visit the Alimentarium, the world’s first food-themed museum, and discover current theme, focused on the people who make food. The museum offers exhibitions, workshops, events, presentations and digital content connected to this theme.

Lausanne à Table
New scheduled announced May 2

May-December 2019

Lausanne à Table consistently delivers an annual program full of surprises. In addition to the Miam Festival, you will find culinary events for people of all ages, including hands-on workshops, public markets and fine dining opportunities. The official program will be announced on May 2, 2019.

More than 100 culinary events

May 16-26, 2019

The fourth edition of FOOD ZURICH will feature more than 100 culinary events with a wide range of topics, including tastings, workshops and tours. As always, this ambitious line of event will have something for everyone in Switzerland’s largest city.

Chef Alps
International Cooking Summit

May 19-20, 2019

Chefs Alps will host its 8th edition this May with eight guest chefs from Europe. This two-day cooking summit gives participants the chance to see these incredibly talented chefs cooking live on stage. It reminds me of a Ted Talks series for the culinary world. Tickets available online from March.

La Semaine du Goût 2019
Switzerland’s Annual Week of Taste

September 12-22, 2019

Switzerland’s “Week of Taste” highlights regional food products and promotes sustainable practices related to health and the environment, particularly for younger generations. You can attend different events from September 12-22, such as special meals, markets and workshops. Along with many opportunities to taste and learn about delicious Swiss foods, this event has an educational component as well, such as increasing awareness of traditional foods and nutritional eating habits. For 2019, the city of Montreux has been selected as the Ville du Goût.

If you would like to share information about an upcoming food-focused event in Switzerland, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And, for additional information about culinary events, I recommend visiting

Updated: February 5, 2019