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The alcohol-free movement has grown massively in the UK/US and Australia since 2015 when the alcohol-free Seedlip brand first launched. As with all trendy foods/drinks, it takes a few years to properly hit the Swiss shelves. This is where two friends, Rebecca and Katie, created their own brand: Bel Nada. We caught up with Katie to find out more.

Katie told us, "Rebecca and I were desperate to find products in Switzerland that spoke to us. We've been friends since we both moved here with our expat families aged 7, and now after 18 months of product development on the side of our regular jobs, we've launched and gone full-time to Bel Nada. Our products are entirely designed and bottled in Switzerland, with flavours inspired by the Swiss Alps and European aperitif culture. We use low-impact production techniques (careful water management, fully recyclable) but our main focus is on delivering excellent flavours with interesting botanicals. Bel Nada currently offers two products: a gin alternative Le Botanique that has an alpine twist, and a spritz alternative L'Aperitivo that offers a floral twist on a classic grapefruit bitter."


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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
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

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

Bois de Versoix - Réserve naturelle Les Douves

Pleasant wood, nice paths, river, picnic sites (not marked), but possible anywhere.

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


Refugee Food is a global project run by an association, which aims to raise awareness of the situation of refugees, accelerate the professional integration of refugees in the catering industry, and work towards tasty, fair and sustainable food for all. Initially a culinary festival born in 2016, the project has broadly diversified to become a global project responding to the various issues of reception and integration in France and Geneva.

Nearly a hundred establishments, from Michelin-starred restaurants to neighborhood canteens, are opening their stoves to refugee cooks for unique culinary collaborations. The aim of this culinary and solidarity event is to change the way we look at refugees by promoting their culinary heritage, to speed up their integration into the catering industry, and to mobilize civil society around the table!

GENEVA: 12-20 June 2023

For World Refugee Day, Geneva's most committed restaurants are opening their kitchens to chefs from abroad. Six restaurants have hosted these chefs and the closing evening for Geneva will be this Tuesday. 

Tuesday, 20 June 2023

BAINS DES PAQUIS - Closing evening, Ivorian dinner by Basile Neoulo
Quai du Mont-Blanc 30
1201 Genève
Reservations directly with the restaurant

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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
Strawberries available since 23 May 2023. Open daily 8h-18h30. Their FaceBook page is up-to-date on daily produce and you can call the above number for a recorded message about what is available.

** Self-Fruits Perroud
Rte de Rombuet 148
1616 Attalens
079 660 33 65
Strawberries expected mid-June: Basic schedule for strawberries: daily 8h-20h 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. Call the above number for a recorded message about what is available.

kermesse 2022

The Ecolint LGB annual Kermesse is the perfect place to spend the day with your family and enjoy food and drink from around 50 nations. This outdoor fair or festival hosts food booths are held mainly by parents with children attending the school. Not only will you discover new flavors and specialties, but you can also try out various sports and games scheduled throughout the day.

Whether you are a former student, a parent with children attending the campus, are interested in trying new foods, or just want to enjoy a day surrounded by English-speakers, then make sure to come to the Kermesse this coming Saturday. It is open to the public.

What to expect on the day:

  • international food booths from around 50 nations
  • rides
  • carnival games
  • inflatable parcours
  • sports challenges
  • football and basketball tournaments
  • live music and shows
  • accrobranche in the forest
  • 3 bouncy castles
  • magic show
  • face painting
  • arts and crafts