Culinary events

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

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival
International Guest Chefs in the Upper Engadine

January 11-19, 2019

You will find some of the top talents from the culinary world in Switzerland’s Upper Engadine valley for the 26th edition of the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. This 9-day festival will feature guest master chefs working in Europe and Asia that partner with local chefs from hotels in and around St. Moritz. With the finest ingredients and the most careful preparation, you can enjoy delicious cuisine from these internationally acclaimed chefs, while surrounded by breath-taking views of the Alps.

Käsefest Basel
4th Annual Cheese Festival 

January 26, 2019

At the Markthalle in Basel, a 5-minute walk from the main train station, you can attend a festival dedicated entirely to Swiss cheese on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Käsefest Basel gives you the chance to taste and purchase cheese from different regions of Switzerland, and often directly from the people who make it. Free admission. Here’s an article from the archives based on my visit to the inaugural edition of this festival in 2016.

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.

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.

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: December 4, 2018