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A PAIR OF CHOCOLAT PASSPORTS UP FOR GRABS! Read below.

The Rallye du Chocolat© will wrap Geneva on Saturday, 8 October 2022 in deliciousness for everyone's pleasure. Originally created to celebrate World Cocoa and Chocolate Day, the Rallye raises public awareness of sustainable development in the cocoa and chocolate sector by offering tastings of chocolate creations made by talented chocolate makers.

This year, 12 chocolate makers from Geneva will compete with each other on the theme "Grué and red fruit(s)". Young and old gourmets alike are invited to stroll through the city and push open the doors of the chocolate shops to discover these cocoa treasures as well as the clues needed to reconstruct the mystery phrase that will allow them to participate in the contest. A draw among the public will decide the winners who will receive chocolate gifts and the coveted "ChoConnaisseurs" diploma. The public elects their favorite chocolatiers, while a jury of experts awards the Jury Prize to the best chocolatier of the Rally.

To your taste buds, the Rallye du Chocolat© will melt Geneva!
We can't wait for October 8th to discover between 10am and 5pm the chocolate creations concocted by the artisans. This year, 12 chocolatiers divided into 3 courses A, B and C compete with each other to elaborate a chocolate on the theme "Grué and red fruit(s)".

World Cocoa and Chocolate Day (WCDD) to celebrate the work of cocoa farmers
Declared on October 1st, WCDD aims to raise public awareness of the work of small-scale cocoa farmers who produce 95% of the world's cocoa. The chocolate industry is increasingly committed to charters that respect producers and maintain guidelines regarding the sustainability and traceability of the cocoa used. The Rallye du Chocolat© supports this day by directly addressing the public and the chocolate makers with the presence of Grué in the chocolate creations.

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When the sun beckons us outside, it incites us to eat fresh produce and nothing is more beautiful than a farmer’s market with all the spectacular colors! Just have a look at the vibrant assortment on a stand at Sion's Friday morning market pictured above if you don’t believe me.

In the Wednesday morning Rive market in Geneva, one item of interest was an Italian cheese, Asiago, which is made in the region of Vicenza and Trento. It is an unpasteurized, hard cheese, that tastes of butter. The friendly vendor offered a sliver for us to try and we were sold. I was curious about the size, color, and shape of the wheel which looks like a black car tire! Apparently there are lots of other types of Asiago but this one was semi-hard with misshaped holes. Beautiful. 

Another Italian produce that attracted my eye was the radicchio, an endive type lettuce with long, red, thin leaves. It is slightly bitter but in a salad it did just the trick. 

As the seasons change, so does the selection. Locally grown vine-ripened tomotoes, grapes, apples, and pumpkins are in season now. Have you tried Etivaz cheese in the Spring before? The taste is outstanding. How about trying dandilion greens (dent-de-lion) for a salad with crispy bacon in the Spring? Of course, the cardon genevoise makes it appearance around Christmastime and stands selling wonderful gingerbread make it all worth it!

If you are in the mood for some fresh produce here is a reminder of other farmer’s markets in your area.

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This is an extract from ©Know-it-all passport®.

Whether you are the picnic type that makes fried chicken, cole slaw, potato salad and the works, or are the type to buy sandwiches en route, you are sure to find a cosy spot for a picnic with this list covering Geneva, Vaud, and neighboring France. Remember to take sun screen, lots of water, a picnic blanket, and possibly mosquito repellent as well!

Bois de la Batie
Ch. de la Bâtie and
Rte des Péniches
1213 Petit-Lancy
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Bring your picnic basket and blanket and sprawl out on the lawn. There is a playground in part sun/part shade and a wading pool equipped with toilets and changing rooms. Visit the mini-zoo while you are there. Restaurants are nearby if you need an ice-cream!

Bois de Jussy - Réserve naturelle Bois Rosset
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Great walking area with nice picnic spots in the Bois de Jussy on the rive gauche.

Bois de Versoix - Réserve naturelle Les Douves
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Pleasant wood, nice paths, river, picnic sites (not marked), but possible anywhere.

Carouge-Parcours vita Park at the Ecole de Pinchat
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Walk down to the bottom of this big hill. Ponies, picnic tables, and barbecue spot.

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After two editions disrupted by the pandemic, the Caves Ouvertes Vaudoises 2022 are finally getting back to their traditional Whitsunday event. On 4-5 June 2022, more than 200 winegrowers are waiting for you over another long weekend that promises to be very colorful throughout the canton. A unique opportunity to taste the latest vintage just out of the cellar and to discover the extraordinary richness of Vaud's vineyards. Thanks to the partnership with Vaud Promotion, the latter will be able to offer a selection of VAUD+ certified local products to their guests if they wish.

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We finally got the information that some strawberries are finally available to pick at the following locations. Local farms will be heaving with fresh produce soon. Opening dates for self-pick farms vary according to the availability of ripe fruits. Please check with individual sites before going. We will update this article as we get new information.

Strawberries are in season right now so take advantage of picking your own! Here are a few farms that have a u-pick strawberry system. Make sure to bring your own containers to some of the places. Some carry other seasonal items such as rhubarb, aparagus, tomatoes, and lettuce. 

** La Fraisière Feuillasse
10, rte H.-C. Forestière
1217 Meyrin (GE)
022 782 90 58
www.facebook.com/La-Fraisière-de-Feuillasse
www.lafraisiere.ch
Strawberries available from 20 May 2022. Open daily 8h-18h30. Their FaceBook page is more up-to-date on daily produce.

** Self-Fruits Perroud
Rte de Rombuet 148
1616 Attalens
079 660 33 65
www.facebook.com/Self-Fruits-Perroud-679064712234450
www.selffruitsperroud.ch
Early June: Basic schedule for strawberries: 8h30-11h30 and 15h-17h weather-permitting and what fruit is still available or ripe. Rhubarb is in season right now too. During the days and hours when the strawberries are open, someone from the farm will welcome you at the car park or at the cash desk. Thank you for respecting the instructions. Go to the checkout to weigh (tare) the empty containers.
The guide will show you where to pick.