Neuchâtel’s Fête des Vendanges 2013

Neuchâtel hosted a huge wine festival over the weekend, known as “Fête des Vendanges.” This event draws an enormous crowd, spanning over three days and into the wee hours of the night. The wine flows, along with copious amounts of beer and liquor. The music plays until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night and until midnight on Sunday. We missed the festival last year, so this was our first time experiencing it.

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In its 88th year, this year’s festival did not disappoint. The weather wasn’t always perfect, but the party never stopped. We attended parades, checked out rides (which reminded me of the Minnesota State Fair’s Midway) and enjoyed local food and wine.

I’ve been inspired to make a few allergy-friendly versions of fête-related foods, but today’s “Soupe des Vendanges” was a total failure. And, I definitely won’t be making the nearly raw horse meat sandwich that my husband accidentally ordered (horse meat is common here). Until I perfect a recipe that’s good enough to post, I wanted to share a few photos and videos from Fête des Vendanges 2013.

Neuchâtel-20130928-00781View from the ferris wheel (Photo credit: Helen Kim)

DSC01481A huge pot of choucroute (sauerkraut)

DSC01427Covered in confetti and watching the parade


A wandering band

Cow bell procession

I just finished watching the Great British Bake-Off, and the contestants were making “Spotted Dick” out of suet. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up. Hope you’re having a good week!

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