The Swiss National Day is held on Monday the 1st of August and is an official holiday which commemorates the day considered to be the foundation of Switzerland. The population of Swiss nationals in Brisbane is small, but that doesn't mean they don't know how to host a cracking bonfire party.
The biggest celebration is organised by the Swiss Society of Queensland. This year the celebration will be held on Saturday 30 July 2016 at the Samford Showgrounds, Showgrounds Drive, Highvale. The gates open at 10am and the event goes all day so you may like to camp overnight. We have been several times to the lunch and it is a delicious authentic feast. I recommend the sausage with salads and apple fritters. There is music, yodelling, a lantern procession and a singalong.
The only Swiss restaurant in Brisbane is Des Alpes in Blackwood Street, Mitchelton. Their menu is influenced by French, German and Italian cuisine. The highlights of their menu include rosti pizza, cheese, meat or chocolate fondues washed down with traditional drinks. I recommend their hot chocolate to warm you up on cold days.
If you are wanting to host your own celebration, then head to the Swiss Gourmet Deli in West End where you'll be spoilt for choice selecting European delicacies including cheeses and meats.
I recently spoilt myself with some liqueur filled chocolates from Murielle Vuilleumier Swiss Chocolatier. I may be biassed but I think they may be the best chocolatier in Brisbane. There's a map inside of where all Brisbane Swiss nationals originated from. This tempting shop is located at 113 Commercial Road, Teneriffe.
Last year all the Movenpick shops in Brisbane were giving away free scoops of their Swiss ice cream. It hasn't been announced if they will do the same this year, but it's still a great option for dessert or a treat.
With bell bottoms and punk coming back into fashion, you may like to be a trendsetter and bring back the cheese fondue. Alternately you could try one of the other authentic recipes on the MySwitzerlance.com tourism website.