11 days of food in Zurich

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Emily Rose Mawson
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From slow food to fine food and street food… FOOD Zurich celebrates the Zurich region’s gastronomic diversity. Its first edition in 2016 attracted 62,000 visitors and around 200 food producers. Now, the festival is preparing to return with an 11-day programme to dazzle the taste buds once again.   

You might find yourself munching on forest-foraged fare or gourmet concoctions born of “Vörigs”, or leftovers – the motto of this year’s festival, which will celebrate pleasure and sustainability.   

With a whopping 150 events scheduled from 7th to 17th September, FOOD Zurich is lining up cookery classes, workshops, tastings and talks.

Among the highlights, more than 50 Zurich restaurants will prepare gourmet creations using leftovers or produce that would otherwise be thrown away, with a series of events set to celebrate leftovers on 9th September.

“We are really looking forward to the 11-day festival, where diverse makers from the food scene will gather in the kitchen or at the table to savour food and discuss trends and developments,” commented co-festival directors Alexandra Heitzer and Simon Mouttet.

Events will be held in a variety of venues, from established restaurants to tunnels, museums, castles and apartments. Meanwhile, from 7th to 15th September, FOOD Zurich will host its own “Chuchi” at the Street Food Festival, as a platform for culinary creatives and professional and hobby chefs to experiment and philosophise.

To open the programme, Zurich’s most renowned 5-star hotels will host a festive evening in Jelmoli’s Food Market. As well as a welcome drink, visitors will be able to enjoy taste and smell sensations while getting involved under the motto “do it yourself”, with the opportunity to mix smoothies or make pesto.

If you only go to one event, however, make it the Fooby Food Zurich Party on 17th September: the festival’s closing celebration, it will see guests gather for a market and brunch in the Engrosmarkt. Top chefs from 20 of Zurich’s restaurants and hotels will prepare food side-by-side at live cooking stations.

The full programme and tickets are available online here.     

FOOD Zurich was founded by Zurich Tourism and partners from gastronomy and the hotel business to celebrate the Zurich region’s culinary diversity.

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