The Dream
1st Edition
Our motivation

Our Vision

What could be more Swiss than the Matterhorn?

Where are gourmet cooking and enjoyment more fully lived and cultivated than in Zermatt?

With these thoughts in mind arose the wish for a food festival. Inspired by this dream, and considering the events in Gstaad, Lucerne, and St. Moritz, the idea of the SWISS FOOD FESTIVAL was born.

We managed to enthuse the driving forces of Zermatt for this dream. Thanks to their support, and in close collaboration with the acclaimed Gault&Millau restaurants and hotels, the first SWISS FOOD FESTIVAL took place in August 2011.

Inspired by the collaboration and the motivation to enliven the summer, the Swiss Food Festival is becoming a fixed programme point on the Zermatt event calendar.

The Kitchen Party with 170 guests was sold out! Circulating in the two kitchens of Mont Cervin Palace and Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, 17 chefs with their 233 Gault&Millau points inspired the participants. Participating Valais vintners accompanied the event with their wine specialities.

The big public attraction was at the church square, where a whole Eringer cow was spit-roasted over a charcoal fire. The hungry guests polished off the 400 servings in short order, despite the overcast skies.

At the 13 food stands along Bahnhofstrasse visitors could taste and buy traditional local products. This market was so successful that every producer will be back this year!

On Sunday the weather refused to cooperate for the gondola breakfast, so the event was simply postponed one week – and the wait was worth it. The most beautiful sunshine illuminated an indescribable panorama as the 120 guests thoroughly enjoyed their breakfast in a Matterhorn Express gondola gliding towards Trockener Steg.

The Swiss Food Festival in Zermatt is:

  • a platform for the best restaurants in Zermatt
  • a platform for Swiss products and producers
  • no other destination in the Alps offers such a concentration of top restaurants
  • the only event in Switzerland especially dedicated to "Swissness"
  • an outstanding media platform for Swissness and enjoyment
  • an event that can be expanded over the years and will offer a platform for other regions in Switzerland
  • an event that nobody can conduct more convincingly than Zermatt

See for yourself!
Kevin Kunz, organisation committee president

Gondola fondue

The Swiss Food Festival presents:

Gondola fondue.

As the last sunbeams of the day light up the mountain peaks around Zermatt, you will be gliding past the Matterhorn, relaxing in a cable car gondola. Enjoy a homely cheese fondue, accompanied by a refreshing drop of Valais wine. This traditional main course is framed by a choice of first courses as well as various desserts and a local schnapps. The “Gondola fondue” will be held on successive Friday evenings, on 21st and 28th August 2015.

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