Food Zurich 2023, which ran from 7th-17th September, was themed on ‘culinary futures’. With an array of events, workshops and exclusive dinners, each year the festival brings together both Zurich-based and international restaurants, chefs and producers to celebrate gastronomy in Zurich and across Switzerland.
We asked friends of Locke and Zurich food bloggers Sarah & Baris from @calma.guide.zurich to curate their highlights from the festival, championing local restaurants and producers who attended. While this year’s festival has passed, there are a load of Zurich restaurant & cafe recommendations to try - and workshops to bookmark for next year’s festival
Try one of Zurich’s best Cinnamon Rolls at White Rabbit Bakery.
Word has it that White Rabbit Bakery may have the best cinnamon rolls in Zurich. Founded by a Dane, White Rabbit is known throughout the city for its Danish pastries and delicacies hand crafted with Scandinavian baking traditions. They are also known for being Switzerland’s first plant-based artisanal bakery specialising in Scandinavian products, meaning nobody misses out.
White Rabbit Bakery attended Food Zurich and is one of our favourites –but you can also check them out at Moon Shop, Zurich’s all plant-based bakery.
Exploring mindful living with Bite & Balance.
In a festival workshop looking at how to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life, nutritional therapist Nicole and wellbeing coach Michele from Bite & Balance hosted a mix between a talk and a workshop. They shared their knowledge of everything from preparing healthy snacks to mindful breathing and how to create a sense of inner balance within your life.
If you didn’t manage to make it, you can explore Nicole’s nutritional advice on her blog. She also offers 1-1 coaching sessions.
A unique dinner – making sushi at Negishi, Zurich Airport.
An unforgettable dinner celebrating ‘culinary futures’ and Zurich’s international food scene, this year saw another sunset dinner hosted at Zurich Airport. At Negishi, attendees learnt how to make sushi, covering the basic knowledge of creating their favourite sushi rolls, to try out or show off at home.
You may not be able to make your own, but you can get a taste of Negishi sushi all year round at Zurich Airport. They also have 3 other outlets across Zurich, including Zürich Niederdorf, just 20 mins from our soon-to-open aparthotel, Locke am Platz.
Indulge in Isreali cuisine with HAYA at NENI.
This year’s food festival saw Israeli cook Haya Molcho and her sons team up to present a workshop on Israeli cooking, focusing on Tel Aviv Street Food with Palestinian influences. Haya’s cooking is all about how food can build bridges and connect people, her charisma and unique personality captivate those who eat at their restaurant and try out her cookbook.
Try out some of her recipes and Israeli home style cooking at NENI Zurich.
Learn a thing or two about rösti-making with Fooby.
Anyone who attended one of the Free Kitchen Jam Sessions with Fooby will now be a pro when it comes to cooking up a rösti whether that’s sweet potato, baked or pumpkin potato. A nice way to learn from the best, we mingled with fellow rösti-makers and just enjoy the creativity of Food Zurich.
If you missed it, why not try out one of Fooby’s recipes from their website.
If you can’t wait until next year’s Food Zurich, check out what’s going on throughout the year. Zurich is known for its gastronomy from regional specialities to the ever-growing international scene, so you’ll find a multitude of events across the year. You can find out what’s going on here.
Fancy a foodie trip to Zurich? Stay at Locke am Platz.
Inspired by the glamour and decadence of the Zurich Riviera, Locke am Platz aparthotel opens this November in the leafy neighbourhood of Enge – with everything you need for a short or long stay in the city.