Street food, food trucks and pop-up restaurants are having a moment in Switzerland right now. And, for those of us craving something beyond the usual Swiss restaurant fare of rösti/fondue/cordon bleu (delicious as they may be) it’s a welcome development.
Last year saw a mushrooming of foodie festivals, events and pop-ups across the country. From one-off vans selling gourmet sandwiches to food truck festivals in the bigger cities with up to 80 stalls apiece, the street food movement allows for a different, more sociable kind of eat-on-the-go feel.
There's also been long-running foodie events such as the Lausanne à Table – two months’ worth of foodie events culminating in a huge communal picnic on Switzerland’s national day – and last year's Zurich Isst: (Zurich Eats) a month-long festival featuring food-on-the go via tram or tuk-tuk, pop-up restaurants, a street food weekend and Slow Food events. In fact, Zurich is planning to launch a new, all-encompassing Street Food brand later this year, so watch this space.
This spring the whole street food phenomenon kicks off again. So whether you’re craving a curry, enticed by empanadas or want to grab some gyoza, you’ll find it at one of these fun, open air events.
Spring food festivals to look out for include:
- Street Food Days World Food Festival – kicking off this Friday in Winterthur, with subsequent events in Wetzikon and Baden
- Food Truck Festival – the next biggie is in Bern, April 29-30
- Street Food Festival – has nine cities scheduled so far for 2016, including Luzern (Apr 15-17), Lausanne (Apr 29-May 1), Basel (May 20-22 & Aug 19-21) and St Gallen (Jun 3-5)
- Street Food Festival Zurich - stay tuned for the 5th edition of this popular fest (spring dates tbc)
- GVA Street Food Fest – this Geneva event is held over three days in May 27-29