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.
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
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.
If you haven’t made it to the mountains to watch one of the “Aplabfahrt” or “Alpabzug” where the cows come down the mountains and parade through the streets after spending the Summer months on the higher pastures it’s still not too late.
“Colourful headgear – what all well dressed cows are wearing this time of year!” Which one is your favourite?
Last Saturday we visited the Alpabzug in Flumserberg and watched as the beautifully decorated cows with their flowers and ribbons paraded through the streets to the waiting crowds. There was a carnival atmosphere in the village as both locals and visitors alike congregated in the marquee to taste local delicacies with or without one of the highly alcoholic “Kafi Uberraschungs” that were on offer. As soon as the cows arrived the crowds rushed on to the streets to welcome the cows home with the accompanying herdsmen dressed in traditional costume.
Even the locals didn’t want to be outdone in the hat department:
There was also a Cheese Market featuring cheeses made from local milk.
This Saturday 29th September, the Alpabzug in Engelberg takes place at 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli with the market going on from 10 till 5pm.
The Alpabzug in Elm takes place on 7th October at 14.30pm in Elm. Again lots of traditional costumes, decorated cows and plenty of fun. More information can be found on Elm’s website.