The Swiss Festival 2022 returns to the Mornington Peninsula this Saturday

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After a hiatus due to COVID, the Swiss Festival 2022 is back. It has a long tradition amongst the Swiss community in Melbourne and surrounds, celebrating classic Swiss Culture. Read on to find out more about what you can expect at Swiss Festival 2022 in Main Ridge, Victoria this weekend.

Swiss Festival 2022


The Swiss Festival 2022 will have varied entertainment all day long from Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn performing twice, to accordionist John Kalkbrenner, and French and Italian music from Floyd Thursby. Manuela Erb, Honorary Consul of Switzerland will also give a speech.


There are activities, games and face painting for kids and the popular scavenger hunt is back this year with a cheese and chocolate theme. Plus, dog lovers will be delighted by the Bernese Mountain dogs on show.


Swiss Festival 2022 stalls

There will be stalls selling Swiss foods, drinks and products. The stallholders at Swiss Festival 2022 are:

  • Archibald Douglas Merchant – jewellery
  • Marianne Bishop – hand made goods
  • Pig & Whistle Tavern – bar and toasties
  • Pookie May coffee and tea
  • Pain et chocolat – artisan chocolate
  • Swiss Festival t-shirt stall with custom printed t-shirts
  • Switzerland Tourism – festival sponsor stall
  • Stratbogie Estate – wine tasting and sale
  • Swiss Festival committee – Swiss second-hand products
  • Wursthette – sausages and deli goods


Swiss Festival 2022 Raffle

The Raffle returns with an impressive array of prizes to be won. Tickets are $10. The prizes are:


1st Prize ($5,150.00)

– 2 x First class Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days*

– 1 night accommodation in 4* hotel in Luzern area incl. breakfast for 2 people*

– 2 hour regular guided tour in Luzern*

– 2 x Return tickets Mount Pilatus*

– 2 x Return tickets Mount Titlis incl. IceFlyer*

– 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast in 4* hotels in Interlaken*

– 2 x First class Swiss Travel Pass for 3 days in Interlaken area*

– 2 x First class return tickets from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe*

– 1 x Victorinox Hiking Backpack

– 2 x Victorinox Swiss Army Knives – Cadet Swiss Spirit Limited Edition 2022

(*taxes and fees are not included and must be paid separately, all valid until 31-Dec-2023)

2nd Prize ($2,141.00)

– 1 x Jura ENA8 – Fully automatic coffee machine’ incl. glass milk jug


3rd Prize ($510.00)

– 1 x  ON Shoe Voucher from Sports Conscious

– 1 x Swatch Watch

4th Prize ($379.00)

– 1 x ON Shoe digital card voucher

– 1 x Victorinox Swiss Army Knife – Cadet Swiss Spirit Limited Edition 2022


5th Prize ($250.00)

– 1 x Lindt Chocolate Hamper

– 1 x Magnum wine bottle from Strathbogie Estate


​You can purchase your tickets to the raffle via this link. You don’t have to be present at the festival when the raffle is drawn to be a winner.



WHAT: a festival celebrating Swiss culture

WHEN: Saturday 1 October 10am to 5pm

WHERE: The Pig & Whistle Tavern Main Ridge

HOW: Purchase your ticket online via this link

HOW MUCH: $10 for adults; those under 18 enter free.

What’s your favourite part of Swiss culture?



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Swiss Festival 2022

MM turns 5: 5 years in numbers

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Yesterday we celebrated our 5th birthday! Can you believe it? So we thought it fitting to look back but not just over the last year, but all of our years. Read on to find out what we’ve done in the last 5 years!

5 years in numbers


We’ve published 684 articles across topics from food and wine to festivals to national holidays and interviews with French and francophone people living in Australia as well as those touring the country for performances across various sectors of the arts.

In our 5 years, we’ve published 146 interviews ! Our most popular interview was with Canadian Brent Ray Fraser known as The Naked Artist who has appeared on France’s version of “has got talent” ahead of his live painting performance at Adelaide Cabaret Festival.


Film reviews

We’ve written 85 reviews of films, theatre, music and festivals. Of our French film reviews, our most popular are for Roxane and Two is a Family.


Most popular articles

Our top 5 most read articles are:

  • our what’s on of French and francophone events around Australia but also online (particularly during COVID lockdowns). We’ve published the What’s on since March 2018 – that’s 54 months we’ve searched high and low to let you know about events to fill your agenda – see this month’s what’s on here
  • where to find the Galette des Rois in Australia each year (because you’re hungry for it and we were the first to tell you where to find it in Australia!
  • where to find the Bûche de Noël in Australia
  • where to celebrate Bastille Day in Australia
  • Le Marché Willoughby – a bimonthly French market in North Sydney


We’ve told you about 51 festivals from French festivals through to wider arts festivals and festivals celebrating champagne.



We’ve shared 21 different wine days with you from well-known champagne through to the lesser known Carménère, Chenin and Carignan. We’ve told you where you can get your hands on the Beaujolais Nouveau each year that it’s been possible to do so (COVID supply chain issues made that somewhat impossible one year in particular).


We’ve built relationships with French wine importers who contribute to our regular articles about different wine varietals. Our article about where to find French wines in Australia that you can’t find elsewhere has drawn the attention of French winemakers looking to export their product to the Australian market and put them in contact with French wine importers.



We’ve highlighted days like World Chocolate Day but also days that are celebrations of truly French foods such as croissants, escargot, fondue, soufflé, macarons, and chocolate truffles.

National Days

We’ve let you know where you can celebrate the national days of France, Belgium, Canada and Switzerland.


Where you are

Our readers are all around the world with the top 5 countries being Australia, US, France, Canada and UK.

So that’s just a taste of our last 5 years.  What would you like to see us do more of? Is there something you’d like to hear about that we haven’t written about before? Someone you think we should interview?



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