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

La Belle Vie French market: A French market in Southern Sydney this Sunday

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Taren Point Public School is holding La Belle Vie French market this Sunday. The 4rh edition of this French market will see stalls selling food, drink as well as fashion, homewares, art products – perfect to buy your Mother’s Day gifts. 

La Belle Vie French Market


The school has been a member of the Australian Association of French English Bilingual Schools for four years and the market is also in its 4th year. Previous years have seen attendance of 5,000 people at the La Belle Vie French Market.  



Francophone Association of Southern Sydney (FASS), a local not for profit group which promotes French language and culture in the community, assists Taren Point Public School in making La Belle Vie Market happen. It’s involved in supplying volunteers on market day but also in the planning and organisation of the market event from an administration perspective.


This year there are more than 60 stalls offering fabulous French products across food, drink, fashion, homewares, art, as well as a Citroen Club car display and live music throughout the day.


LIVE MUSIC: ‘ACCORDI-ng To US’ will play from 9am to midday and singer, Christelle Nativel will perform from midday to close.




French products for yourself and for others

  • A French Affair  – tea towels and tablecloths
  • Au Revoir Les Filles – Parisian-style jewellery
  • Beju – hand crafted European jewellery
  • Big on Hats – wide-brimmed French hats and the iconic beret
  • Canal Plus – French cable TV
  • Decathlon – French sportswear
  • France at Home – your French supermarket online in Australia
  • French Cargo – diffusers, scents, body lotions, décor items, linens, jewellery, scarves and so much more
  • Fora Studios – unique and sustainable products for the modern garden, home and craft lover
  • Funked Up Eclectic Treasures – french/vintage inspired and funked up treasures
  • Holala Paris – French Homewares, designed in Australia and handmade in France

La Belle Vie French Market

  • Janneys Vinney vintage
  • Jan Roach vintage
  • Kalaf Artwork – epoxy resin serving boards, serving knives, kitchen utensils, coasters and wall art
  • La Brocante’ with Kathy Finch – pre-loved, vintage, retro and collectable pieces
  • Le Van du Livre – French books 
  • May Clementson vintage – French homewares
  • Mo Resin – jewellery with artistic designs embedded with materials such as Dutch Gold and Silver leaf into epoxy resin
  • Mrs Flowers – flowers straight from the Sydney Flower Markets to La Belle Vie French Market
  • Oatley Bay Candles
  • Pottery by Pottier – pottery and artworks
  • 2nd Vie (previously Just Swiss by Chris) – sustainable items hand made using fabric sourced from local business or from charities: car tidies, cutlery holders, lavender bags that can be used and re-used around the house, out and about, in the car, or just for decoration.
  • Secrets of Eden – pretty flower crowns and headbands for the princesses in your life, and unique Macrame creations
  • Toothless  – hand-made tooth fairy pillows
  • Whitelaw & Newton Decoupage Trays


Food & Drink stalls

  • Alexander Roastery – coffee
  • Baguette Brothers
  • Bella Icecream Van & Jumping Castles
  • Byron Bay Olive Co – Marinated olives, sweet garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and tapenade amongst other delicacies
  • Carne/Ash Rotisserie – rotisserie chicken and porchetta, roast potatoes
  • Cheese on Wheels
  • Choux Patisserie – beautiful éclairs
  • Citrus and Sugar – lemonade and delicious juices made from all real fruit, nothing artificial and no preservatives. 
  • Crepe de France
  • Fils de Pomme – French botanical organic cider 
  • Frenchies Bistro and Brewery – French style beers made for Aussies
  • Frencheese – raclette

  • French Oven – fine French pastry made my hand and not by machine
  • Great Southern mead & honey – honey fresh from the hive
  • Jeerys Tacos
  • La Bastide – charcuterie
  • La Bonne Crepe
  • La Bonne Fromagerie – cheeses
  • La Gitana – paella
  • Le BBQ 
  • Le Saucier – home-made pasta, pasta sauces and fine finishing sauces
  • Le Secret Wines – French wines, characteristic of their region and from small family owned vineyards
  • Les Petits Gars
  • Madame Madeleine – Madeleines in original flavours including lemon butter, French Earl Gray, matcha, caramelised honey.
  • Madleine Bakery – freshly baked madeleines 
  • Pistou – traditional French deli foods 
  • Sacre Bleu!  (Caneles and Co)
  • Stephs Gourmet Foods
  • The Original Smoke & Spice Company – herb and spice mixes
  • Tonton Bread – bread and pastries
  • Wendy’s Crafts –  jam, marmalade & relish


Club stalls

  • Citroen Car Club
  • FASS Book stall
  • Meccano Modellers Association
  • Taren Point Public School Enviro stall


Want to participate in a future edition of La Belle Vie French market?

Contact Anyes McLean via email at [email protected]. Stalls must have a French connection, to ensure the authenticity of the market.




WHAT: La Belle Vie French Market

WHEN: Sunday 1 May 9am to 3pm

WHERE: Taren Point Public School, 

HOW MUCH: Entry by coin donation at the gate – all proceeds assist the learning programs at Taren Point Public School


For other events with French links check out our what’s on in April article (the what’s on in May will be online this Sunday).



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