What’s On this Weekend in Zurich – 13th and 14th October

There’s plenty on this weekend in and around Zurich. If you’re an art afficianado or perhaps you are even thinking of starting your own collection, the Art International Festival at Kongresshaus, near Burkliplatz is on this weekend and is open from 11am – 8pm both Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. Amongst many of the artists showing is Elena Bardina, see photo below.

If you favour going just outside Zurich why not visit the Jucker Pumpkin Farm in Seegraben to admire their amazing “Olympic Display” and giant pumpkins. Earlier this week in the Swiss Pumpkin Championship competition (see photos) Beni Meier’s gigantic pumpkin set a new European record weighing 768.5 kg on the scales! This pumpkin is competing in the European Championships on Sunday, October 14 in Ludwigsburg in Germany, but the other giant pumpkins will still be on display until 4th November. The Juckerfarm is open both Saturday and Sunday and you can even try out some of the seasonal pumpkin delicacies. Their pumpkin soup is delicious!

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The Zurich Bierfest is on at Zurich Hauptbahnof until Saturday 13th October with plenty of beer a fun atmosphere.  It’s advisable to make reservations if you can but there are sometimes seats availble if you’re passing by.  For more information and to make a booking click here. Zurich Oktoberfest at Bauschaenzli began yesterday and promises to be one big party. Tickets went on sale for this event back in May and sold out weeks ago but if you’re prepared to queue there is seating reserved for passers by, so that you too can experience this unique event. For more information click here.

Then a little further afield there is the Olma Agricultural Show in St Gallen which continues until the 21st October and in Geneva the Expat-Expo takes place on Sunday 14th.

And looking ahead  a couple of weeks, on Saturday 3rd November there is The Long Night of the Hotel Bars from 9pm – 3am. Get transported from one hotel bar to another around Zurich and listen to different live music and sample different atmospheres in each location. Hotels participating include the Hotel Storchen, The Claridge Hotel, the Renaissance and the Hotel Ascot.  A fun evening!

Pumpkin photos courtesy of Juckerfarmart.ch

Olma Festival in St Gallen 11th – 21st October

Have you ever visited St Gallen?  If you haven’t then maybe this coming week is the time to go as you could combine it with a visit to the “Olma Fest” which starts tomorrow. As well as being a very historic town, St.Gallen has long been the trading and economic centre of Eastern Switzerland. In fact  its trading history dates back to the 15th century to Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor, who decreed in 1466 that nobody should put up any barriers to trade in St.Gallen.
The “OLMA” festival is one of the most popular fairs in the whole of Switzerland. Every year this Swiss agricultural fair show cases a variety of livestock, live “Schwingen” (Swiss wrestling) competitions, country music, arts, crafts, culinary delights and specialities, as well as special events such as an “aqua expo”. OLMA also features “Säulirennen”, or piglet racing for which it is famous!
Taste, try, learn, compare, buy: around 650 exhibitors will be offering a wide range of products, specialties, and attractions. And one thing you definitely won’t be able to escape at Olma is the legendary scent of bratwurst. After all, what could be more Swiss than a Bratwurst?
For more information click here.
Photos courtesy of Olma