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kc goes to vevey

July 16, 2010

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.

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  1. July 16, 2010 9:33 pm

    ok, well i clearly need to get back to vevey, and pronto. yes, with a cooler of course. and i don’t mean only to get more caramels, yummm to that. their texture was unlike any other caramel i had ever had before. not complaining. WOW to all those gorgeous images above, those flowers and that produce – and those alpenhorn (i love !!). and those views and vineyards, that’s just spectacular. i am so so glad you enjoyed. and that no one got hurt by the fork. i still think it’s so cool ! 😉

    and i also totally agree with you, i absolutely love my market here in zurich (you need to come one time !), i go once or twice a week, and feel just so lucky for that. but vevey…… vevey is just… the best ! great post !!

    • July 16, 2010 11:44 pm

      You definitely need to get back…strawberry season is closing (arguably closed?), so you better hurry!

      We’re heading back to the market tomorrow for some more Ilonas, but even if we come up short, the mirabellen are making their way to the markets now (and I even saw some reine claude, which make me swoon). Hope you’re keeping cool in Zurich.

      ps. what days are your markets? I haven’t been, but I do need to make it to the zurich market some time.

      • July 16, 2010 11:52 pm

        ooooh did you just say… reine claude ?! i LOVE ! you just took me back to my apartment in nyc a few years ago when i made reine claude sorbet, it was soooo good.

        i go to bürkliplatz market on tuesdays and fridays. but the best market is perhaps in oerlikon on wednesdays and saturdays. much bigger and really boppin. we should go together one time for sure.

        oh and as for the strawberries, i was in berne today and discussed with the vendor there that yes, ’tis the end for strawberries. bought some anyway – not fabulous. the cherries however… SO good !

        last but not least … keeping cool ?? um, not really. but ice cream is helping. 😉

      • July 17, 2010 2:01 pm

        I didn’t realize that Oerlikon had such a big market! Definitely will take you up on that offer some time.

        We too bought a farewell schale of erdbeeren today (the Ilonas, of course), but also stocked up on peaches which seem to be amazing right now. Alas, the reine claude were all gone by the time I arrived, but hopefully the mirabellen and reine claude will be back on Tuesday morning.

  2. mimi permalink
    July 20, 2010 10:47 pm

    i just really want to give all of switzerland a great, big bear hug. everything is just astoundingly breath-taking. must go back before my time is up!

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