National Swiss Winegrowers Day is a colorful and timeless celebration of the Swiss associated with winemaking. People dress up in amazing costumes to represent different aspects of working in the vineyards. At this festival you can see insects (ants, grasshoppers, ladybugs) and pests (slugs or starlings), young lovers frolicking among the vines. Some people are even able to portray drought – a real disaster for winegrowers!
National Swiss Winegrowers Day has been organized by the Brotherhood of Vinegrowers (Confrerie des Vignerons) in the town square in the city of Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva, since 1797. The organizing committee is free to choose how often the festival is held, but the idea is that it is held once a generation. So far, the interval between two festivals has been between 14 and 28 years. The last one took place in July and August 2019, 20 years after the previous one (1999).
Vevey is close to the famous Swiss terraced vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2016, the UN cultural agency classified the holiday itself as part of the “intangible cultural heritage”. Switzerland.
The festival budget is allocated to the construction of a special arena, large enough to accommodate 20 or more people (Vevey has a population of less than 20). This place overlooking the lake hosts an Olympic or Super Bowl style show with dancers, music and other performances. Vevey hosts up to 1 million people from all over the world! The 2019 festival featured 5500 dancers, actors and extras. But the centerpiece is always occupied by awards given to outstanding winemakers.
At the National Swiss Winegrowers Day:
- The anthem of the festival is always played – the old Alpine song Ranz des Vaches.
- All 26 cantons (regions) of the country participate.
- In the 2019 festival performance, the story of winemaking was told from the point of view of little girl Julie.
How to celebrate
Watch the National Swiss Winegrowers Day broadcast and sip wines from Swiss vineyards – it will be a great evening!
When is National Swiss Winegrowers Day Celebrated in 2022?
National Swiss Winegrowers Day is devoted to celebrating cheerfulness and fun. It happens annually on August the 29th.