A list of current and upcoming culinary events in Switzerland
Lausanne à Table
Nearly 30 culinary events for all ages
June to December 2020
Once again, even during these challenging times, Lausanne à Table has managed to pull together a delicious culinary program of events for 2020. With old favorites like the market of Anne-Sophie Pic at the Beau-Rivage Palace and the ProSpecieRara fall market at the Signal de Sauvabelin, you’ll also find new events, like the first-ever Malakoffs championship and more. This association always presents fun, exciting events for all tastes and for people of all ages. For more information, check out the full program online.
Beurk ! Yuck ! Igitt ! The food we love to hate
Until March 2021
In December 2019, the Alimentarium in Vevey began inviting the public to share their most hated foods via thefoodwelovetohate.org. It’s all part of the world’s first-ever food-themed museum’s new temporary exhibition. This new exhibition explores our relationship with disgusting food. For one person, it might be a bowl of dried mealworms, while someone else may refuse a to drink glass of milk. From cultural, religious, social, historical and scientific perspectives, the museum identifies foods we hate — whether for their appearance, texture, taste and more.
Within this exhibition, you can explore its interactive activities, such as the Bar de Degoûstation on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as the Challenge sensoriel, exposing you to the pungent odors of foods people strongly dislike. The museum has also planned additional events, such as culinary workshops, a Halloween celebration in October and more.
Alimentarium, Quai Perdonnet 25, Case Postale 13, 1800 Vevey
Switzerland, +41 (0)21 924 41 11
Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00 (October to March) and 10:00 – 18:00 (April to September).
Semaine du Goût
Switzerland’s Week of Taste
September 17-27, 2020
La Semaine du Goût (French) / Die Genusswoche (German) / La Settimana del Gusto (Italian) – The 20th edition of Switzerland’s “Week of Taste” starts in mid-September. With many different kinds of events held in locations throughout the country, the Semaine du Goût highlights regional food products and promotes sustainable practices related to health and the environment.
Gramona Amuse Bouche Grand Finale
Schweizerischen Hotelfachschule (Luzern)
October 25, 2020
Bringing greater attention to the amuse-bouche, Smith & Smith wine company and the Spanish sparkling winemaker Gramona, hosted a new competition in Switzerland last year dedicated to this very small dish. The second edition of Gramona Amuse Bouche competition will take place again this fall at the Schweizerischen Hotelfachschule in Luzern.
Contestants must create a dish that pairs well with the Gramona Gran Reserva Imperial Brut. For 2020, “plant-based fine food” has been chosen as the theme. This means that contestants can use meat, fish and seafood, but these ingredients have to play a supporting role, rather than being the focus of the dish.
For chefs and sommeliers from Swiss restaurants that are interested in entering this competition, the deadline is August 31, 2020.
11 days and more than 100 culinary events
October 22 to November 1, 2020
The fifth edition of FOOD ZURICH, one of the top three largest food festivals in Europe, will take place this fall (postponed from May 2020 due to COVID-19). Look for the full line-up of events after the summer holidays.
St. Moritz Gourmet Festival
2021 Theme: SWISS MADE
January 29 to February 6, 2021
With a focus on Swiss gastronomy for 2021, the 28th edition of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival will feature 10 guest chefs all working in acclaimed restaurants from around the country. For 9 days, these top chefs will partner with the talented chefs leading kitchens at luxury hotels in the Upper Engadine region. Stay tuned for the full program of events, coming later this year.
If you would like to share information about an upcoming culinary events in Switzerland, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And, for additional culinary events, I recommend visiting MySwitzerland.com.
Updated: August 30, 2020