Salon du Chocolat Zurich 22nd – 24th March

Salon du Chocolat Zurich 22nd – 24th March
Salon Du Chocolat Zurich

If you’re a big chocolate fan this is THE chocolate event to go to in Zurich.  Not only will you find all the newest and latest information about chocolate, the latest chocolate creations and innovations, as well as firm choccie favourites, but each day there will be a chocolate fashion show at 5pm – yes, really!  The models will be wearing clothes and designs made up of chocolate.  Quite a high risk strategy you may think, especially under the hot stage lights – and when you see the designs themselves you are sure to be even more impressed.

Salon Du Chocolat Zurich

The Salon du Chocolat takes place in Hall 5 at the Messe in Wallisellenstrasse 49, Oerlikon from the 22nd – 24th March. Open each day from 10am – 7pm

ENTRANCE FEES

Adults: CHF 18
Children (3 to 12 years): CHF 9
Free for children under 3

Transport:

– Bus / Lines 63 and 94 from Oerlikon station
– Tramway / Line 11: Messe/Hallenstadion stop
– Tramway / Lines 10 and 14: Sternen stop

To whet your appetite here is a video from last year’s Salon du Chocolat. (Tip – you may want to fast forward to around the 3min mark to skip the intro in German)

Photos: © Salon du Chocolat

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New In Zurich: Aura Restaurant and Book Reading at Caritas Secondhand im Viadukt

 Aura Restaurant Zurich

Aura 

A new restaurant and event location opened last weekend in Zurich called AURA right in the centre of the city close to Paradeplatz at Bleicherweg 5. Aura is not just a restaurant but also a unique event venue for birthday parties, graduation parties, conferences and events. It has fabulous lighting capabilities, 360° projection and an enormous event area measuring 480 m2. It also incorporates a night-club and a cigar bar. If you are in town this coming weekend why not give it a visit as they will be having their grand opening party on Saturday 26th January from 11pm – 4am. Tickets CHF 30 . And if you’re booked up this weekend, or off skiing in the mountains, why not try it for a Valentine’s Day treat on February 14th? They have a special evening planned from 6.30pm onwards with dinner, show and drinks with a variety of ticket combinations available.  For more information visit their website.

Caritas Secondhand Im Viadukt

Caritas Secondhand im Viadukt

If you speak German, (or are learning it?) why not go along to another event happening this week in Zurich.  Caritas charity shop in Viadukt, Bogen C in Zurich, which incientally must be the poshest second hand shop in Zurich, is hosting a reading by Joannes Vogel of the aptly titled “Kleider machen Leute” (clothes make the man) by Gottfried Keiler. There will also be musical interludes as you browse through the racks of ‘pre-loved’ clothes, shoes and accessories in this very elegant boutique situated under the arches in the Viadukt. The evening takes place this Thursday 24th January starting at 6.30pm. What a great way to shop whilst supporting a charity at the same time. For more information visit their website.

Caritas Secondhand Im Viadukt, Zurich

Photos: Aura and NewInZurich

Haggis anyone? Burns Night Supper in Zurich with the BSCC

Burns Supper in Zurich on 25th January 7.30pm – 11pm

Burns Night in Zurich

To celebrate the 254th anniversary of the birth of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Burns Supper at the Zunfthaus zur Meisen in Zurich.  Burns Night is celebrated on 25th January all around the world and is a truly unique event.

It’s also a great opportunity to (a) try haggis if you’ve never eaten it before, (b) wear a kilt if you’ve got one and (c) get to sing “Auld Lang Syne” again! This event also has the added attraction of whisky tasting and a prize draw for plane tickets to Edinburgh!

ORDER OF THE EVENING
Gathering (Drinks)
Piping in of the Guests
Chairman’s Welcome
Selkirk Grace
Piping in of the Haggis
Address to the Haggis
Supper commences
Immortal Memory & Appreciation Address
Toast to the Lassies
Reply from the Lassies
Vote of Thanks
Music from the Pipes and other Interludes
Whisky Tasting – kindly being offered by Diageo with the Classic Malts
Prize draw 2 pairs of return, business class, tickets Zurich/Edinburgh courtesy of BMI Regional
Auld Lang Syne

DRESS CODE
Highland dress or lounge suits/cocktail dresses

BILL OF FARE (MENU)
Cock-a-Leekie  Soup

Haggis (vegetarian alternative available)
Champit Tatties
Bashed Neeps

Cranachan
Scottish cheeses and oatcakes

For more information and to book please go to the website. If you would like to book a table of 8 please contact Vicki Guntern: Tel: 043 443 06 80, vicki.guntern@bscc.co.uk

Things to Do in Zurich This Weekend and Dreikönigstag

Dreikönigstag – 6th January

This weekend it is Epiphany on Sunday 6th January, which is celebrated in Switzerland with the baking of the special Dreikönigskuchen, or “Three Kings” bread. The bread is actually made of balls of sweet dough, sometimes with raisins, stuck to a central larger piece of dough to make a kind of “crown shape” and baked in the oven. Tradition has it, that if you are lucky enough to find a small king (usually the small white plastic kind!) in your piece of bread, you get to be crowned “King for the Day”  and can be absolved of washing up and clearing and other household chores for the day  … AND you get to wear a paper crown for the day too! Good luck and enjoy your rule!

Dreikönigskuchen

6th January is also the traditional day for taking down your Christmas decorations and tree. Check with your recycling / rubbish calendar as sometimes you can leave your tree out in the street for collection / recycling.

Photo13 Exhibition at the Maag Haalle

Photo13 takes place at the Maag Halle in Zurich, near Hardbrücke until the 8th January from 11am – 8pm each day. It is a great opportunity to view some fabulous photography and there are also lectures on photography from famous and world-renowned photographers. Entrance cost CHF 15 (lectures extra). For further information read our previous post about the event or check the website.

Photo13 Zurich

Free Ice Skating – “Gratis Auf Glatteis”

Heuried and Oerlikon ice rinks are offering another “Gratis auf Glatteis” ice skating event at their ice rinks this Sunday from 10am – 7pm. So if you’ve never been before and wanted to try it out for free – why not take advantage this Sunday 6th? Not only is the entrance free, but the skate hire too. If the previous event they had in November is anything to go by, this is sure to be a popular event! For more details (in German) check the website.

Paul Gaugin at the Kunsthaus

If you fancy visiting a museum or art gallery why not pop into the Kunsthaus to view “the Prints” exhibition showing work by Paul Gaugin which is on till 20th January? Click here to read our previous post. Or indeed, “Chagall, Modern Master” which runs till 8th February?  For more information check here.

Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg Museum

The Chavin Exhibition at the Rietberg explores Peru’s mysterious temples in the Andes and runs till the 10th March. For more information.

Skiing

And of course there is skiing to be had!  Check out our Practical Info page for information on various ski resorts near to Zurich and check the webcams before you set off too!

Whatever you do, have a great weekend!

Snow scene in Switzerland © NewInZurich.com

Photo credits: Bruce Gilden at Photo13, NewInZurich

Heiliger Bimbam Christmas Market Part ll

If like me you’re still yet to buy all your Christmas presents (let alone get them all wrapped!) the Heiliger Bimbam Market (part 2) may be a destination for us both!

This Christmas Market starts Friday 21st December at 5pm and runs on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm too.  It takes place at the Maag Halle and the surrounding area in Kreis 5 – and there’s lot of things going on all around: food, music, Gluhwein and lots more. Click here for more information.

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening times: Friday: 5pm – 10pm  –  Saturday: 1pm – 7pm  –  Sunday: 1pm – 6pm

The following businesses are taking part:

Simone Gugger Schmuckgestaltung & Franziska Gnos / The Gloss /Steinfels La Maison du Vin / Les Halles Shop / Nord-Süd Verlag / Freitag Flagship / Michelles Cupcakes & Pony Hütchen / Senior Design Shop / Waldraud / Walter Vintage Möbel & Accessoires / Silver Disc / Dotti’s Lovely Vintage & Labels und Freulein Frech / LeTom

At Frau Gerold’s Markt:
Herrenglobus Pop-Up-Store Zum jungen Blut / Street Files II / Making Things II / Opia / Edition Populaire & Townhouse / Carhartt / Wooster Shop

At the Viadukt:
Erfolg / Caritas Secondhand / Klangwandel / Komplementair
LOLË / BIG Mode Werk Statt / Sibler / Fashionslave

At the Markthalle In the Viadukt:
BERGundTAL Marktladen – Comestibles, Spezialitäten
Braschler’s Comestibles Imp. – Comestibles, Feinkost
südhang – Wein und Spirituosen
Tritt Käse – Käse, Milchprodukte
British Cheese Centre
The Pie Shop

Acapulco Bar / Hotel Rivington and Sons / Restaurant Viadukt / Hive Club / Geroldchuchi / Senior Design Café / Exil

 

Are you going to “Heiliger Bimbam” Christmas Market and Night Shopping 7th – 9th December?

Heiliger Bimbam in Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fancy doing your Christmas Shopping somewhere different? Why not try the Heiliger Bimbam Market?  From the 7th – 9th December it will be at the Plaza with an array of local designer stalls, changing daily, and there will also be night shopping in districts 3 and 4 with concerts, exhibitions, readings and tastings and plenty of Gluhwein on offer.

Opening Friday7th from 5pm – 10pm,  Saturday 8th from 1pm – 9pm and Sunday 9th from 1pm – 7pm. At the Plaza and in Districts 3 and 4

There will also be another Heiliger Bimbam event on 21st – 23rd December at the MAAG Halle and in District 5. For more information (in German). For the NewInZurich Guide to Christmas Markets.

The Plaza Zurich
Photo Credit: Heiliger Bimbam

Swiss Gastro Award Restaurants 2012

plate of prawns, © newinzurich.com

Fancy going out to eat?  This week the Tages Anzeiger published the winners of the Swiss Gastro Awards for 2012.  Only restaurants which have been open for three years or less, or which have have undergone substantial alteration can enter. These are the Winners of the “Best of Swiss Gastro” Awards 2012:

 

Category: Activity

1. 67 Sixtyseven Sportsbar, Zug

2. Restaurant Golf Gonten, Gontenbad

3. Alpina Stuba, Parpan

 Category: Bar & Nightlife

1. Boilerroom, Winterthur

2. Club Seventy7, Ascona

3. Volkshaus, Basel

Category: Business

1. Noerd Kantine, Zürich

2. PUUR restaurant Balsberg, Kloten

3. Restaurant The Traders, Zürich

Category: Classic 


1. Rosaly’s Restaurant & Bar, Zürich

2. Restaurant Seegarten, Kreuzlingen

3. Commercio, Zürich

Category: Coffee 


1. Einstein Kaffee, Bern

2. Café Ccino, Aarau

3. Pane-Con-Carne, Basel

 Category: Gourmet 


1. Gourmet Schlössli Utenberg, Luzern

2. Restaurant Heimberg, Zermatt

3. Restaurant Essen’z, Brugg

Category: On The Move

1. Wurst & Moritz, Zürich

2. Marché Airport Zürich, Zürich-Flughafen

3. Sternen Grill Provisorium, Zürich

Category: Outdoor

1. Hotel Frutt Lodge & Spa, Melchsee-Frutt

2. Chez Vrony, Zermatt

3. Marina, Ascona

Category: Trend 


1. The Steakhouse, Lachen

2. El Mosquito, Sursee

3. Restaurant Kiosk, Zürich              List courtesy of Tages Anzeiger, Photo NewInZurich

Spotlight Zumikon

Today we’re taking a look outside Zurich for a change and covering some interesting events taking place in 8126 Zumikon over the next couple of weeks.

Florita Flowers Zumikon, Florists

On Monday 19th November there is a Vernissage at Florita, the florists in the Dorfplatz in Zumikon highlighting all the special Christmas decorations, wreaths, flower arrangements and more to help make your Christmas really special.  The “Adventvernissage” takes place in the shop itself from 4pm – 8pm.  Why not pop by for a spot of inspiration?

Andre Beccio, Galerie Milchhuette Zumikon

On Wednesday 21st November Andre Becchio is presenting an exhibition entitled “Objekte in Holz”, “Objects in Wood” at the Galerie Milchhuette in Zumikon from 6pm until 8pm and on Thursday 22nd there will be the “Finissage” of the exhibition from 6pm – 8pm. For more information.

On Saturday 24th there is a Christmas wine tasting event at the Triangel Restaurant in Zumikon from 11am to 4pm organised by Real Wines.  Admission is free.  Why not drop in to sample a glass or two?

On Saturday 24th November and Tuesday 27th November there are “Young Engineers” trial workshops taking place at Gymboree in Zumikon aimed at children aged 5 to 10 years old helping them explore engineering, physics and maths in a fun environment. For more information

ICS Christmas Market Zumikon

On Thursday 29th November there is the annual ICS Christmas Market taking place in the Gemeindesaal in Zumikon Dorfplatz from 11am till 6pm.  There will be a raffle, tombola, stalls selling jewellery, clothes, cookies, cakes and more.  Most of all there will be an amazing selection of presents for all the family.  Don’t miss this great event! Free entry and everyone welcome! All proceeds will be going to two charities: the the SMD School in Nepal which gives an education to children from villages in the Himalayas who would not otherwise receive one, and to Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieben which works with the homeless and vulnerable in Zurich.

ICS Christmas Market, Zumikon

Slow Food Market Zurich

Last week the Slow Food Market came to Zurich and the event took place at the Messe in Oerlikon.  There were hundreds of small producers show casing their wares and plenty of sampling and tasting was going on. The emphasis was on taste and of high quality food, and knowing the origins and provenance of quality ingredients.

Slow Food Market Zurich 2012, www.newinzurich.com

As well as cheese, wines, olive oils and chocolates there were nougat companies, Swiss bakery specialists with delicacies such as Nusstorten and chestnut puddings and all kinds of dried meats, dried fruits, whisky, schnapps and more.  There was even a Galloway beef stall and a fishmonger from Norway.

If you enjoy food and wine make a date in your diary to visit next year and for further information on this year’s event go to www.slowfoodmarket.ch

This Weekend in Zurich: Food + Wine + Cars + Fashion + Art + Festivals

Food: Slow Food Market in Oerlikon: From the 9th – 11th November there is the Slow Food Market at the Messe in Oerlikon.  A not-to-miss event for all foodies and gourmets! This event focuses on the provenance of high quality food  – what we eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how the food we choose impacts the rest of the world.The antithesis of fast food embodied by its logo of the snail. For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

Wine: Expovina: All 12 wine boats are moored just off Burkliplatz waiting for your visit. To join in the fun and taste wine on the lake, check out our post (in English) here or click on the website (in German). The boats are here till the 15th November.

Expovina 2012

 

 

 

 

Cars: Zurich Car Show: The Zurich Car Show is at the Messe in Oerlikon from 8th – 11th November. For more information  and the programme (in German) click here or click here or scroll down for our previous post in English detailing the ticket prices and opening hours.

Zurich Car Show

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion: Mercedes Benz Fashion Days: Mercedes Benz fashion show continues at Schiffbau on Saturday and on Sunday for it’s final night. For more information click here or to  read our previous article click here.

Art: Zurich Kunst 12: KUNST 12 ZÜRICH is a contemporary visual art fair showcasing 80 international galleries. Over the past 17 years this art fair has grown into an important meeting point for collectors, gallery owners, curators, artists and art-lovers. The exhibition takes place in the old factory buildings behind Oerlikon railway station.  For more information please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Art: Swiss National Museum Exhibition Exhibition “Capital” – the Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam The exhibition tells the story of the origins of our contemporary economic system, capitalism, in the historic maritime republic of Venice and during the “Golden Age” of Amsterdam – Venice from the 13th century and Amsterdam in the 17th century. Both cities played a key role in the economic and social development of the West. Merchants and traders invented new forms of finance, credit and commerce which we still use today. For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festival: International Short Film Festival Winterthur: The16th edition of the International Short Film Festival will take place from 6th to 11th November in Winterthur, just 20 mins from Zurich by train. For more information click here.

 

 

 

 

 

And for something different a Swiss festival in Richterswil:-

The Raeblilichtumzug in Richterswil: This takes place not far from Zurich in the town of Richterswil on Saturday 10th November starting from around 3pm.  There are special boats along the lake to get to get there in time and it all makes for a great spectacle as the whole town is lit up by “turnip lanterns”.For more information click here to read our previous post.

Raeblilichtumzug Richterswil