Nothing beats the wintery cold better than sharing a pot of hot and creamy cheese fondue with loved ones. And no one does it better than the Swiss!
Cheese fondue is a traditional winter meal and many Swiss nationals living in Australia celebrate the Swiss National Day (1 August) with this meal.
In Switzerland the day is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Children parade through the streets with paper lanterns decorated with the Swiss cross or the cantonal coat-of-arms and candles are lit by windows at home.
For many, the Swiss National Day is also the perfect opportunity to spend some quality fun time with family and friends, sharing pots of this cheesy goodness!
And with games accompanying these cheese fondue feasts, it’s a round of fun for all. The traditional rule is that when a person loses their bread in the pot of fondue, they have to buy everyone a round of schnapps. Kids have to do a chicken dance around the table.
Here’s a delicious and warming traditional Swiss fondue recipe you can try at home…
Fondue moitié-moité (Serves 4)
At the table, gently cook the fondue over a small spirit stove. Stir the fondue from the bottom of the pot with the bread cubes making sure that the crust doesn’t burn.
There are more than 24,000 Swiss nationals living in Australia.
Each year more than 360,000 Australians visit Switzerland to experience and indulge in its beauty, while discovering its quirky customs and traditions.