What would I like to see?

November 24, 2015



An event that has long held my interest is Zibelemärit, the Bern Onion Festival, which takes place on the fourth Monday of November every year in Switzerland.  Activities for this traditional market festival start early.  By 5:00 am crowds are gathering around the stalls that feature all kinds of onions, of course, but also garlic, onion tarts, onion soup, and necklaces of sugar onions in colorful wrappings that are worn like Mardi Gras beads.  Other offerings are hot mulled Glühlwein, cheese tarts and Züpfe, a braided milk bread that comes from nearby Emmental.  Local produce, restaurant stalls, children throwing confetti, and musical entertainment round out the festival that lasts on into the evening.

Sometime in the past the Onion Festival merged with the Chachelimärit, or potters market. A traditional market for local potters. For me, as a potter, that is a must see.  Maybe next year.





A vendor sells strings of onions at her stall at the annual "Zibelemaerit" onion market in Bern November 23, 2009. Farmers sell more than 50 tonnes (50,000 kg) of onions and garlic during the traditional one-day autumn market in Bern's city centre on the fourth Monday of November. Picture taken with a fish-eye lens. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND SOCIETY BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)

REUTERS/Michael Buholzer

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