If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night.
Every year in May, Geneva celebrates its wines during one very busy day. This bucolic event was launched in 1987 by independent winegrowers (back then, a first in Switzerland) and has been successfully carried out since then.
In the heart of our beautiful countryside, numerous wineries (90+) will be opening their doors to showcase their 2015 vintage and latest creations. Upon buying a souvenir glass for 5 CHF (a kind of pass which you'll have to keep as long as you plan on drinking), you will have the possibility to taste wines at every cellar and for no additional charge. Furthermore, most vintners will also sell food (sometimes graciously offered) and supply entertainment (live music or animations), so you won’t go hungry or be bored.
Greatly prized by locals and foreigners alike, the “Caves Ouvertes” (“Day Of Open Wineries”) is a must for any self-respecting amateur and expert vino drinkers. So, all of you fine wine connaisseurs and lovers of our quaint campagne genevoise save the date, as under no circumstance should you miss out on such a unique experience!
Date & Schedule:
Saturday 28th May 2016, 10am-5pm (note that certain wineries will also be open on Friday and Sunday).
Wine is usually served until 5pm, nonetheless, at the end of the afternoon, it is not unusual for people to settle down to have supper together and to buy their own bottles of wine to drink while they dine.
The "Caves Ouvertes" takes place canton-wide.
On the Rive Droite, Dardagny, Russin and Satigny are quite famous for their wines and attract the largest crowds (each time, their streets are literally swarming with visitors and it can be a little oppressing at moments). But in case you prefer to avoid the masses and you find the idea of savouring your wine in total peace more appealing, then I recommend you to venture to calmer villages like Lully, Bernex and Laconnex (on the Rive Droite too) or Jussy, Gy, Anières and Hermances which stand on the other side of the lake (on the Rive Gauche).
For a detailed list of the wineries that will be open for tastings, follow this link: www.geneveterroir.ch/en/news.
As a rule, there is always ample parking space provided wherever you decide to go, though I suggest that you use the bus or tram to get around as it’s less troublesome. Besides a complementary shuttle bus service will be put at your disposal (check out the TPG site: www.tpg.ch). Otherwise, walking or biking between the various locations is a good option too.
Travelling by public transport is awesome, however don’t forget to bring a trolley or backpack to carry your purchases home; when you visit so many fantastic wineries things can easily get out of hand and it isn't rare to end up acquiring more bottles than initially planned.
For Further Information:
Contact The Geneva Office For The Promotion Of Agricultural Products - tel.: +41(0)22 388 71 55 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Geneva's Tourist Information Center.
I think of street food as the antidote to fast food; it's the clear alternative to the king, the clown and the colonel.
- Anthony Bourdain
And if alcoholic beverages aren't your cup of tea and you have a ravenous penchant for tasty grub, then "The Geneva Street Food Fest" (second edition) might be something for you…
This totally rad and en vogue event will occur on the very same weekend as the "Caves Ouvertes", in the old town of Geneva, on a promenade located near the Art & History Museum, and will feature a profusion of food trucks and stalls, a myriad of caterers and delicatessens as well as countless coffee and beer bars. In addition, DJs will also be of the party, so a terrific atmosphere is guaranteed.
During two and a half days, gustative bliss and culinary discoveries will be on the menu. Whether you cultivate a fondness for Japanese ramen, healthy vegetarian dishes, US-style burgers, artisan pizzas, natural ice creams, chic sandwiches, local fish & chips, creative salads or funky burritos, your insatiable palate for treats from around the world will be satisfied and your stomach will be filled.
An unparalleled opportunity for foodies of all ages and horizons to delight their taste buds and to discover what this city's and Switzerland's burgeoning street food scene has to propose in terms of trendy urban gastronomy and innovative flavours!
Dates & Schedules:
Friday 27th May: 17h-24h
Saturday 28th May: 11h-24h
Sunday 29th May: 11h-17h
Promenade de Saint-Antoine
Map: click here.
Bus 3 & 7, stop: Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
Bus 1,5 & 8, stop: Florissant (+5 few minutes walk)
Bus 36, stops: Saint-Antoine or Franz-Liszt or Petit-Palais or Eglise Russe
Tram 12, Bus 2, 6, 10, 33, A, E & G, stop: Rive (+5 minutes walk)
I strongly advise you to use the public transports or to rely on two-wheelers to get around town, however the Saint-Antoine parking is situated nearby and you'll surely find a parking space there.
Although credit cards are accepted by most food trucks, it is more convenient to pay in cash (small notes and petty cash).
Long waiting lines are a rule at street food festivals, so you'll have to be patient. Try to eat something small before you leave home. In that way, you won't feel dizzy and nauseous because you are starving and it will be less unpleasant for you to queue. Otherwise, come early (before hordes of hungry enthusiasts have invaded the promenade).
For further information:
Check out the official GVASFF website: www.gvastreetfoodfest.ch.