12 boats,15 days, 4,000 vineyards – Expovina 2012 Wine Boats at Burkliplatz

Mark your diaries for the 59th annual Expovina Wine tasting event which will be held in Zurich from 1st – 15th November. This unique wine tasting event takes aboard the 12 (stationary!) wine ships which will be lined up at Burkliplatz laden with wine from vineyards all over the world for you to explore and to enjoy.

For just 20 CHF entry you can taste the wines from over 4,000 vineyards from all over the world and there are also restaurants aboard the ships which makes it an ideal place to meet up with friends.

The opening times are as follows:

Monday – Saturday                                          1pm – 10pm (last entrance 9pm)

Sunday                                                             1pm – 7pm (last entrance 6pm)

Thursday 15th November(last day)                  1pm – 9pm (last entrance 9pm)

The restaurants are open from 11.30 till midnight from Monday to Saturday and from 11.30 till 9pm on Sunday. You can enter the ships free of charge between 11.30 and 12.30 to visit the restaurants. For more information please click here.

Last Day at the Gourmesse fine food and wine Fair


Monday 8th is the last day at the “Gourmesse” fair at Burkliplatz.  If you haven’t visited and you’re passionate about good food and wine make sure you don’t miss out.  You can taste hams, cheeses (see below photo of Willi Schmid who makes award-winning cheese from Jersey milk) as well as wines, beers and champagne. Chef Rene Widmer demonstrates “cuisine sous vide” and there are demonstrations galore.

Gourmesse 2012 Willy and his cheeseRene Widmer Gourmesse 2012 © NewinZurich

Gourmesse is also a place to find hard to source ingredients, gift items, kitchen accessories, gadgets and a show kitchen where top chefs cook up amazing dishes.The fair is open Monday 8th October from 11am till 8pm. Click here for the brochure with all the information. Please click here to read a related article on Willy Schmid’s cheese by Sue Style from the Financial Times.

Fine Weekend in Zurich? Burkliplatz Flea Market, International Parenting Fair, Lernfestival…

Photo: NewInZurich

The forecast predicted fine weather this weekend in Zurich.  Though whether it will be as sunny as last week and if the water in the lake is warm enough for swimming is another question. The photo above was taken last Saturday in Zurich and the lake was definitely “refreshing” then – before last week’s rain arrived!

There is an International Community and Parenting Fair taking place on Saturday from 10 – 5pm in Kilchberg at the Kirchegemeindehaus Kilchberg, Stockenstrasse 150, 8802 Kilchberg on Saturday 14th.  This also coincides with the Lernfestival 2012 – a national campaign for lifelong learning which started on Friday. If you like writing there is the English version of an “endless story” to which you can contribute if you click here and which is part of this event.

Or you could pop down to Bürkliplatz and take a look at the flea market there. It’s open from 9am till 4pm on Saturdays from May – October with up to 500 stall holders and an ever changing array of goods for sale. Always worth a peek!

And if you fancy getting out of the city and watching one of the the Alpabzug festivals taking place this weekend, with the cows coming down the mountain, please check out our previous post for more details.

Photo: Surselva Tourist Board