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Swiss chocolate and cheese to be had
On Sunday 9th October 2016, Queensbridge Square will be a sea of red and white. No, not because of a sporting event, but because of the red and white of the Swiss flags decorating this delightful festival.
If you like chocolate (and who doesn't), cheese and Swiss artisan sausages then this is the place to be. There will be raclette tasting, melted cheese often served with potatoes and pickles. Originally a dish of the Swiss mountain farmers, the cheese was scraped from a big cheese wheel placed on a stand over an open fire. Now there are special raclette ovens, but the dish is nonetheless equally tasty.
This year's theme is of myths and legends and there will be 13 storyboard panels placed across the festival site, telling the story of Heidi, Samichlaus (Swiss Santa Claus) and of course, William Tell. There are other, less well-known stories, all making up the rich folkloric history of Switzerland. Children and adults can look for clues and after filling these out on a special " story hunt" sheet, be in the running to win the prize of 5kg of Lindt balls.That is a lot of chocolate yumminess! Be ready for the hunt by reading up on all the stories on the website
Swiss singing and music will be part of the entertainment and if you have never heard "guggemusik" then make sure you are around when they start beating their drums and playing woodwind instruments. The music is typical of the German part of Switzerland and is a very special way of playing 'false' notes. The music is very lively and lots of fun for both the musicians and listeners. You can't help but tap your feet, move with the rhythm and if the mood takes you, even dance along with the band. The band is usually dressed in colourful costumes and makeup thus adding a carnival element. You will have lots of fun watching and listening - I promise.