Chocolate is surely one of the first things to come to mind when you think of Switzerland. The sweet treat is one of the country’s most celebrated delicacies, with Swiss chocolate topping the list of edible souvenirs to take home. For those with a sweet tooth, Festichoc, Switzerland’s largest chocolate festival, is an event not to be missed.
Following the success of last year’s festival, which was attended by 50,000 chocolate lovers, Festichoc returns to Versoix, on the banks of Lake Geneva, on 6 and 7 April 2019. A total of 34 of the country’s leading chocolate artisans will present their chocolate creations in a variety of fascinating forms, from traditional bars and slabs to intricate sculptures. You can even customise your own chocolate bar with Caran d’Ache and Guillaume Bichet, two of the country’s leading chocolatiers.
The festival will host an array of family friendly events, including an Easter egg hunt, a chocolate-rabbit baking workshop and behind the scenes tours of the famous Favarger chocolate factory – one of Switzerland’s oldest chocolate brands, founded in 1826 – to ensure the weekend holds something for all tastes and ages.
Entry to the festival is free and the site is located a five- minute walk from Versoix train station. Make sure you get there early, as this year the festival expects to exceed 50,000 visitors.
Festichoc is open on Saturday 6 April from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday 7 April from 9am to 5pm.