Where to celebrate Swiss National Day tomorrow

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So we’ve had French National Day, then a week later Belgian National Day and now less than 2 weeks on it’s the Swiss’ turn. Wednesday 1 August will be Switzerland’s 727th birthday.


Here’s a wrap up of ways to celebrate the Swiss National Day around Australia.


Australia wide


Lindt Café

Although they are not officially doing anything to mark the Swiss National Day, it’s the perfect excuse to go and indulge in all the chocolate your heart desires.


The Red Cow

As it’s Switzerland’s 727th birthday on Wednesday, The Red Cow will reduce its shipping costs to $7.27 for everything bought that day (min. purchase $30). Coupon code to use this special is: happybirthday

Shop at: http://www.theredcow.com.au/shop



Swiss Club of NSW

Because one single event isn’t enough, the Swiss Club of NSW is putting on two events.


Fondue Dinner

Approximately 100 guests will attend the evening, which will be held at Louis Fairway Bistro in Balgowlah. On offer will be a traditional Bunderteller, cheese fondue with condiments and Swiss meringue with ice-cream. There will also be a raffle (tombola) and a silent auction with several fantastic prizes from Swiss companies and individuals (e.g., Lindt Australia, Zyliss, Joya Shoes, Spiess Australia etc.)


The annual Swiss National Day Fondue Dinner has sadly already reached capacity and as such bookings are no longer being taken. Your contact person in case you want to get in really early for next year is Daniel Frutiger, who is the president of the Swiss Club of NSW ([email protected]).



There is also the Swiss National Day Picnic on Sunday, 5 August. More information for this event is available here: http://swissyodlersofsydney.org/event/swiss-national-day-picnic-2018/ .


The picnic is held in conjunction with the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney, an association who have hosted the event for the past 35 years. Prior to this, the Swiss Club organised and hosted this event exclusively from crica 1925.


Today, the Picnic event is hugely popular with approximately 1,500 attendees each year. There is also bottle fishing, Schwingen tournament, a petting zoo, performances by the Swiss Yodelers of Sydney, and carnival rides for the children.


The Consulate General of Switzerland in Sydney always makes a speech at the event after which the Swiss National Anthem is also played.


Due to fire restrictions there are no longer bonfires but outdoor candle sticks are permitted. The children still lite lanterns and parade around. Grilled cervelat, bratwurst and fleischkäse are also offered to all attendees. Some stalls also sell imported and homemade small goods and grilled raclette. Beverages including alcohol (e.g., Swiss imported beers, wines and Schnapps), Rivella and coffee/tea are also sold at the event.


The Swiss National Day Picnic is again being held at the Castle Hill Showground, as it has been for the past 3 years for the wider Swiss community of NSW of which approximately 8,000 reside.


Tickets can be purchased here: http://swissnationalday2018.floktu.com/



Swissôtel in Sydney will be celebrating the Swiss National Day with a Swiss Cheese & Chocolate Night


from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday 8 August at a cost of $89 per person.


For one night only, enjoy a buffet spread of Sydney’s best cheese fondue accompanied by a selection of all-you-can-eat dips and charcuterie. Look forward to a raclette station for melted Swiss cheese on fresh baguette. Plus, a chocolate fountain with the whole works to complete the night!

Bookings a must: https://goo.gl/3Pe7oL  

Sadly, this event has been cancelled.


Even though that event has been cancelled, you can alwasy pop in to the Swissôtel for the Swiss chocolate cake made in-house with rich dark chocolate and gluten-free. Available all year round in the restaurant or in-room menu.


Swiss Bakerz

Swiss Bakerz will be serving its Rosti Menu all day long and also have a range of Swiss pastries available, such as Nussgipfel (hazelnut croissant), Biberli (gingerbread with either almond or hazelnut filling), its famous Bee-stings (brioche with cream-custard filling), etc.





The Swiss Club of QLD celebrated the Swiss National Day last weekend. Details of the event are in the image below. Put this one on your list for next year.


Gold Coast




Milk the Cow, Carlton & St Kilda

No particular event for Swiss National Day but their artisan cheese fondues are available every day of the week so they are a great way to celebrate – available at both their Carlton & St Kilda fromageries after 5pm on Wednesday.


The most traditional one would be the Kaas Mit Wein Zu Kochen, which costs $20.


Translation: ‘To cook cheese with wine.’  


This was apparently fondue’s original name when created in Zurich in the 1600’s.  This dish is Milk the Cow’s take on the classic fondue, it features Swiss Gruyere, Appenzeller, Comte & Emmenthal.


Go and have a warming fondue to celebrate the day and keep Winter chills at bay!


Swiss Club VIC


Lampion Parade

The Swiss Club of Victoria will hold its traditional annual SwissKids Lampion Parade at 6pm on 1 August.

Meeting at Federation Square, the lampion parade will travel along the Birrarung Marr.The Honorary Consul, Manuela Erb will also be there. Aperitif on the second floor of the Swiss Club of Victoria.

Cost: free for members, $10 per family for non-members.

RSVP today to [email protected]



Now sold out but keep it in mind for next year. A 3-course dinner (Fondue) & entertainment for $45 for members or $55 for non-members.


Family picnic

On 5 August from 12 to 4pm, the Swiss Club VIC will together with other Swiss organisations in Victoria, SwissKids, host its traditional Swiss Family Picnic at the Austrian Club in Heidelberg. Swiss style food and drinks will be available!


Swiss-Australian concert

At 12pm on 8 August 2018, to celebrate the 727th Anniversary of the Swiss Confederation, the Embassy and the Honorary Consulate of Switzerland, in collaboration with RUAG Aviation, request the pleasure of your company at a unique concert of The Swiss Military Small Band and the Royal Australian Air Force Band. The concert will be held at Federation Square.




Swiss Club of SA


Swiss National Day Family Celebration


On Saturday 4 August 2018 at 5pm, the Swiss Club of SA will host its Swiss National Day Family Celebration at the Aldgate Oval and Hall, 16 Churinga Road at Aldgate.


Once the light has fallen there will be a beautiful lampion (lantern) parade around the oval. The communal tables will be a chance to chat with friends and fill your bellies with traditional Swiss sausages and bread ($2 members, $5 non-members) or raclette cheese on potatoes ($5 members, $10 non-members). Games for children and gluhwein ($2) and free tea and coffee for the adults will also be on offer.


How are you going to celebrate Swiss National Day?

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