Photos of the Fête Des Vignerons
& Top Tips For Your Visit
The Winegrower’s Festival
The Fête Des Vignerons is an amazing event which takes place just once every 20 to 25 years in Vevey, Switzerland. It’s a joyous, colourful celebration of Swiss wine and it is piece of theatre a bit like an opening ceremony for the Olympic Games.
The Winegrower’s Festival as it is translated in English, dates back to 1797. This year’s spectacle is directed and choreographed by international artist Daniele Finzi Pascaand and depicts a year in the life of a vineyard. It takes place in a specially built open air stadium situated directly on Lake Geneva from 18th July to 11th August.
It starts off with a little girl, Julie, talking to her grandfather about how you grow wine, how you harvest and care for the vines, and what happens every season in the winegrower’s year. There is plenty of music, dancing and drama and it is a wonderful spectacle to behold. Take a look at the photos here to get an idea of what it’s like.
There are performances on some days during the day and on others in the evening. We went along to a daytime performance and really enjoyed it – but here are some top tips on what to take with you if you’re going. After all the event takes place in an open air stadium in the height of Summer.
Whether you’re planning a day trip to Vevey for the festival or if you’re staying overnight, we’ve put together a few tips on things you might find useful to take with you.
To Take With You
- Take your phone and or a camera – the event is amazing and there is so much you will want to capture. After all it only takes places once in a generation.
- Take a phone charger as there are no electrical sockets to plug your phone into. Also a spare memory card for camera if taking.
- Take a couple of water bottles – when it’s hot you’ll drink more and the performance lasts for a around 3 hours – so you won’t want to go out and miss any of it. There is a water font just outside the stadium on the way to the terrace area where you can refill. There are also plenty of vendors selling drinks in the streets.
- Wear a hat – preferably one which covers your neck. Many people were wearing panama style hats and baseball caps too. If you forget your hat, you can always buy a souvenir edition of one of the Fete des Vignerons hats outside the stadium.
- Wear loose fitted clothes in natural fibres like linen or cotton – as it gets seriously hot. I wore a short sleeved dress but would have preferred to have worn long sleeves. Even taking along a long sleeved cotton shirt or blouse just for when you’re sitting there would have been a good idea. Some people draped scarves over their heads and shoulders to protect themselves from the sun – so that a large scarf is also an option. .
- Apply plenty of suncream and reapply regularly as the really sun is strong and you will be sitting right out in the open during the midday sun (if you go to the daytime performance. Since you need to get to your seats in good time
- Don’t forget your sunglasses.
- Many people there had old fashioned fans which are ideal – or of course you could take one of those small battery powered hand held fans.
- Wear comfortable shoes. If you’re sitting high up in the stadium you don’t really want to be wearing high heels as there are a lot of steps.
- Go to the loo before the performance starts – especially if you’re near the top of the stadium as the public toilets are on the ground floor, quite a distance away.
- There are a lot of people to accommodate in the stadium and it can get quite busy so do allow enough time to get to your seats in good time.
- Take public transport rather than driving as there is only limited parking in Vevey and the railway station is just a short walk to the stadium which is extremely convenient.
- Wherever you sit you get a good view – but the seats near the top, though further away from the action are a little airier.
- Just in case, take some rain gear just in case the heavens open!
Staff from Fête des Vignerons go around with water sprays to cool spectators down and they also have a supply of sun lotion too if you need to reapply – but don’t rely on this as it is a big stadium accommodating a huge number of people, so they have a lot of people to attend to.
We are really glad we visited the Fête des Vignerons and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day! The performance was brilliant and it started at 11am and lasted just under three hours. The atmosphere round the whole of Vevey was great and it’s such a pretty little town right on the lake. Also there are so many options for food and wine on offer, from the food at the terraced area next to the stadium by the like to the many cute little cafés and bistros all around the town. So do enjoy this fabulous spectacle!
Fête des Vignerons 2019
When: From 18th July to 11th August 2019
Where: Stadium, Grand Place, Vevey, Switzerland
Tickets: Please visit the Ticketing Website here for all information
For all general information please visit the Fête Des Vignerons Website here
Also take a look at our Guide to Vevey here.
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