Culinary Events: First Annual Cheese Festival in Basel


A festival dedicated entirely to Swiss cheese seemed like a good way to spend a Saturday morning, so I hopped a train to Basel to check it out last month. If you enjoy sampling cheese and having the opportunity to talk to and purchase directly from local producers, then here’s a brief summary of my visit (including the beer fondue!), as well as information about other cheese events coming up in Switzerland this year. cheese festival basel 2016

Käsefest Basel 2016

Sponsored by Trägerverein cheese-fesitval, an association that promotes Swiss cheese, this one-day festival in Basel took place at the Markthalle, (home to lots of interesting food vendors, so I hope to return there soon!). It’s located within walking distance of the main train station.

After admiring the wheels of cheese just outside the door, I stepped into the hall and eagerly approached the various booths to sample different cheeses in various…

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