Switzerland’s biggest food festival is back from May 16 to 26 with 140 sensational events spanning everything from inner-city farming to clandestine dinners. Here’s our pick of the bunch…
Zurich chocolatier Garçoa invites you behind the scenes to discover how it turns its quality cocoa beans imported from around the globe into delicious bars of chocolate. Rest easy, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to taste along the way. Garçoa, Butzenstrasse 60, Zurich. Thu May 16, Thu May 23.
Stuff yourself silly on burgers, tacos, sushi, oysters, ceviche, raclette, pralines, cupcakes and much much more served up by the 150 stalls, stands and food trucks in and around the big top at the old Hardturm stadium site. Hardturmstrasse 401, Zurich. Thu May 16-Sun May 26.
Keen on Kenyan cooking? Head over to Zum Goldenen Fass where Kenyan chefs will be putting twists on their homeland’s classics. All proceeds go to building a school for 300 children in Kenya. Restaurant Zum Goldenen Fass, Zwinglistrasse 7, Zurich. Thu May 16-Sun May 19.
Get the inside track on the city’s hottest foodie spots on this YoungFresh tour round the city’s newest restaurants and bars – none of them more than two years old. Starts: Gamper Bar, Dienerstrasse 75, Zurich. Fri May 17, Wed May 22, Fri May 24.
What is shrub? How do you make it? And what can you do with it? All will be revealed at this workshop covering the subtleties of the increasingly popular vinegar-based non-alcoholic drink, from flavour combos to food pairings. Sour power! Food Zurich Festivalzentrum Chuchi, Europaplatz am Hauptbahnhof Zurich, Zurich. Fri May 17, Sat May 18.
Grow your own mini-greens! Run by Zurich-based UMAMI, this two-part workshop teaches kids aged six to 16 the art of planting, harvesting and cooking their own micro-veggies in the heart of the city. UMAMI, Badenerstrase 569, Zurich. Sat May 18, Sat May 25.
The ultimate film night? Hip steak house Smith and de Luma’s pairs top-notch on-screen entertainment with the perfect wines and bites chosen by its sommelier and kitchen crew. Smith and de Luma, Grubenstrasse 27, Zurich. Mon May 20, Tue May 21.
Don your most fantastical clobber and allow yourself to be whisked down the rabbit hole to a clandestine night of dining that promises to be a feast for all the senses. Starts: Bahnhof Stettbach, Zurich. Wed May 22-Sun May 26.
Discover what and how our ancestors ate and drank, from ice-age hunters 80,000 years ago to modern supermarket shoppers, at this special exhibition tracing cuisine through the ages. Kulturama Museum des Menschen, Englischviertelstrasse 9, Zurich. Sat May 25.
The main centre on Europallee hosts the festival grand finale with top chefs from Zurich and around the country, plus 50 local food artisans serving up brilliant bites, while inspiring producers and organisations provide food for thought. Food Zurich, Europaplatz am Hauptbahnhof Zurich, Zurich. Sat May 25.
Food Zurich runs May 16-26. For the full programme and event details, visit www.foodzurich.com/en