kc goes to vevey
As I mentioned, this weekend was all about food, music, food, sun, food and wine. After reading MyKugelhopf‘s post about a market that made me want to drop everything I was doing, Vevey became a must-see if we were going to be in Lausanne. And I’m so glad we went. It was a highlight of the trip.
The town itself is good fun. Home to Nestlé’s headquarters, there is a strong food theme throughout the city, including this great big fork statue in front of the Nestlé Alimentarium. We had a laugh or two taking some photos using the fork as a prop. Don’t worry though, no husbands were harmed in the taking of these photos.
And in keeping with the fun, we enjoyed the folklore festival that happens there every Saturday from mid-July through September. I’m still not entirely sure what the folklore festival was all about, but it involved wine-tastings, alpenhorn, swiss-flag-tossing men, and one guy carving wood sculptures with a chainsaw. What more could you possible ask for? Every festival should involve heavy machinery and local wines.
And while we loved the folklore festival, it was the market that made me so happy we came. When you first walked into the aisles you would have thought you were swimming in sunflowers and every other flower imaginable. I wanted 1 of everything (even knowing that with my black thumb they would likely all be dead in a matter of 48 hours).And then came the edible part of the market. Please don’t get me wrong, I love our market here in Luzern. There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t think about how lucky we are to have access to such wonderful produce from the area. With that said, if ours is great, than Vevey’s is off the charts. They definitely seemed to have varieties that we would never see in the German-speaking part and it made me wish that we had purchased a cooler to pack up and bring home all these wonderful treats (note to self, next time bring a cooler!).
Sadly, without a cooler, I knew there would have to be compromise. I refused to leave empty-handed, but knew that spending the day outside in 85°F with tons of fresh produce wasn’t the best idea. So, I settled for a kilo of peaches (beautiful), 500 g cherries (just okay, I think Luzern’s are better actually) and some show-stopping mara des bois strawberries. And as a special, naughty treat, a bag of caramels that were surprisingly crumbly, but tasted amazing. We saw the guy making them right then and there at the market. And just to be cruel. They taste even better than they look.
With treats in hand and still most of the day ahead of us, we headed to some highly talked about wine route trails. If you come to Vevey or even close, please do not miss out on these. Swiss hiking can be challenging and, as a result, not for everyone. These were walks and easy ones at that. Paved, scenic and most importantly breath-taking. 6 minutes by train from Vevey, you arrive to Chexbres Village. From here you can take any number of vineyard walks. We chose an hour-long walk to Saint Saphorin. I can’t recommend this enough. In just under 5 minutes, you’re taking in views like this.
And then you continue along a path that looks like this.
Only to arrive to a town that looks like this.
If those views in and of themselves don’t convince you to book your one-way ticket to Switzerland, I don’t know what will. Happy travels.