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.

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Gourmesse.ch – fine food and wine from all over Switzerland in Zurich 5th – 8th October

Do you like fine food and wine? Enjoy cooking? Fancy tasting some delicious gourmet food and drink from Switzerland and beyond? If so, make your way over to the Fine Foood Fair Gourmesse.ch which will be held this Friday 5th October until Monday 8th October at the Kongresshaus near Burkliplatz in Zurich. With over 150 exhibitors the 18th Gourmesse.ch exhibition is bound to offer something for everyone.

As well as fine foods and delicacies such as cheeses, coffee, bread, chocolate and meats from all over the country, and from Italy and Sicily too, there will be show kitchens featuring chefs such as Michelin starred chef Antonio Alampi and his team, Tobias Funke and Mauro Gianinazzi from Funkes Obstgarten and Pacal Haag and Tobias Hosli from Restaurant Hiltl to name just a  few. There will be opportunities for tastings, master classes and seminars on all things “foodie”.  There will also be great selections of wines, beers and champagne to tempt your palate.

And why not bring your children along? Children under 12 are free and there are complimentary childcare facilities for them where they will be entertained with food themed projects of their own. There are also reduced entry prices for 13-16 year olds and as well as for pensioners.

Opening Times:

Friday 5th from 12 noon – 10pm                                                                                    Saturday 6th from 11am – 9pm                                                                                    Sunday 7th and Monday 8th from 11am – 8pm

Entry: CHF 20  (Students and Pensioners and children aged 13-16 pay CHF 10 )   Children up to 12 free of charge.

Location: Kongresshaus Zürich
 044 206 36 36, www.kongresshaus.ch                             For more information on what’s on offer (in German) please click here.

Photos: Gourmesse.ch

Clothes, Music, Circus, Food … in Zurich this week

A few things going on this week that you might be interested in:

There is a sale of “Trendies” and “Maysense” clothing for both children and women taking place at Zollikon Gemindesaal today and on Thursday 4th October from 9.30 – 18.00. Do take a look and see if you can snap up some bargains.

This Saturday 6th October an Indie rock band from the UK called the Skinny Machines is playing at the Big Ben pub near Hardbrucke in the evening from around 8pm onwards.  Entrance is free and if you want to find out more about them please click here. 
Skinny Machines in Zurich on www.newinzurich.com

Don’t miss all the fun of the fair as Circus Monti is on for a few more days until Sunday 7th October with trapeze artists, clowns and acrobats from all over the world. The circus takes place in a big top located at Kasernenareal in Zurich and for more information and to book tickets click here.

The food and wine festival “Gourmesse.ch” is taking place from this Friday 5th – Monday 8th at the Kongresshaus in Zurich.  More information to follow in our next post.

Grape Picking in Stein am Rhein anyone?

Do you fancy a day out this weekend picking grapes in a working vineyard then afterwards tasting some of the delicious wine from the same vineyard along with local sausages and cheeses? Stein am Rhein is one of those beautiful “chocolate-box’ towns full of character, not too far from Zurich and very close to the border with Germany.

So why not join our friends at Zurich4you on a wine picking and wine tasting event next Saturday 6th October. For full details of the event and for registration please click here.

Zurich Weekend – Bierfest, Alpabzug, Zuspa, Zurich Film Festival, Pink Ribbon Charity Walk, Rowing

Why not raise a glass and celebrate Oktoberfest Zurich style?  The Zurich Bierfest is on at Zurich Hauptbahnof until Saturday 13th October and normally proves to be a very popular event with plenty of beer, lots of live music and entertainment and a fun atmosphere.  It’s advisable to make reservations if you can but there are normally some seats availble if you’re passing by.  For more information and to make a booking click here.

The Zurich Film Festival continues and on Saturday evening the Awards Ceremony take place. Sunday is the last day and for information on the programme of events click here.

There is also an Alpabzug taking place on Saturday Engelberg from 10 – 12 at Viktoriagärtli and there will be a market there from 10 till 5pm..  For more information scroll down to see the previous posts or click here.

In Zurich between Rathaus and Quaibrucke there is a World Rowing Race taking place between 1pm and 5pm.  For more information click here.

Zuepsa also runs for two more days, finishing on Sunday so if you’ve still got more shopping or food and wine tasting you want to investigate do head on down there. For more info click here.

On Sunday the 5th annual Pink Ribbon Charity walk takes plan  at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich from 12 noon to 5pm. If you haven’t done so already you can register on the day at 12 noon.

Men, women and children are welcome to participate and for further information scroll down the NewInZurich Home page.

Photos: Zurich Wiese Oktoberfest & Pink Ribbon Charity Walk

Züspa 2012 in Oerlikon – Shopping, Food, Wine and lots more

From 21st September – 30th September Zuespa is once more in town.

This annual event which takes place at the Messe in Oerlikon, next to the Concert hall,  is like a cross between the “Ideal Home Show” and an English Country Fair.  Not only do they usually have live animals such as sheep and goats and sometimes lamas on display outside, but they also have 1000s of square metres of shopping opportunities of all varieties on the inside, with wine tasting, delicatessen and food tastings as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.

Züspa is open:

Monday – Friday from 12 till 9pm, Saturday from 10 till 7pm (with the food halls staying open till 9pm) and on Sunday all Halls are open from 10 till 7pm.

Tickets cost CHF 12 for adults and CHF 6 for children. You can buy a special rail and Züspa card online  giving discounted entry if you arrive by public transport and for more information click here.

Wine Tasting – Think Global, Drink Local

Hope you’re all enjoying the fabulous sunshine in Zurich this weekend. If you’ve overdone the sun and want to escape the heat later on, there is a Wine Tasting Event at Restaurant Loewen in Meilen today from 1pm 6pm.  Ahead of the Expovino Wine Tasting in Burkliplatz  on 1st – 15th November (more to follow closer to the time), why not pop by and try some local specialities from the vineyards along Lake Zurichsee? Think global and drink local as they say! Entry is CHF 10 per person (or free if you click here and print out).  Prost!

The following wine producers will be presenting their wines:

Weingut Rütihof, Uerikon

Weingut Lattenberg, Stäfa

Lüthi Weinbau, Männedorf

Weinbau Martin Schnorf, Uetikon am See

Rebgut Aebleten, Bolleter Weinbau, Obermeilen

Schwarzenbach Weinbau Reblaube, Obermeilen

Weingut Hasenhalde, Feldmeilen

Weingut Schipf Kaspar von Meyenburg, Herrliberg

Zweifel Weine, Zürich-Höngg

Eveline Heusser Rebbau – Weinhandel, Uster

Weingut Höcklistein, Rapperswil/SG

Weinbau Mühle Stäfa

Viadukt Festivities, Knabenschiessen & Jungfrau Marathon

Don’t forget the day of fun, food and festivities at the Viadukt Market in Limmatrasse 231 in Zurich starting today and lasting until 2am tomorrow morning! Entrance is free and there is music, art, food, wine, a photo exhibition, a fashion show, tango dancing tasters and lots more. See you there!

On Saturday till Monday there is the Knabenschiesen shooting festival at Albisgüetli, with a Chilbi with rides and attractions. If you happen to be passing through Witikon on Saturday there is a “Dorf Markt”market taking place from 9am – 4pm with lots of stalls featuring diverse products and specialities.

The weekend weather forecast is for warm and sunny temperatures – so you may even fancy a dip in one of the Badis before they start closing for the season from next week onwards.

And if you’re looking for a trip further afield the Jungfrau Marathon is taking place on Saturday too.