And so the cows went home
Sunday the 16 October marked the finisage of the cow exhibition at the Museum in Saanen, and so it was time for the cows to go home. The exhibition was curated by Franziska Haldi and was exceptional in its diverse collection of handmade toy cows.
A different cow parade
It is commonly said that there are as many cows in Saanen as there are inhabitants. Currently, there are probably a few more as model cows from all over Switzerland are on display in the Museum der Landschaft in Saanen.
The fine art of papercuts
“Typically Swiss” – a symbol of home, originality and authenticity – a fitting theme for the fine art of paper cutting. The theme was deliberately chosen for the 10th-anniversary of the Swiss decoupage exhibition.
Mario Frautschi from Turbach is a multi-talented craftsman with a passion for his art – carving wood by hand in the traditional manner to create magnificent sculptures. He also carves intricate designs in leather and has been known to sculpt igloos in the winter too.
Simon Hefti from Turbach is a multi-talented musician who composes, conducts and teaches yodelling courses throughout the Saanenland and beyond. GstaadLife met with Simon to talk music, tradition and inspiration.
The 17th Topschau – a crowd puller for friends of cattle breeding
The cattle breeding associations of Saanenmöser, Saanen and Gruben, together with the Saanenland cattle breeders association, were pleased to invite the public to the 17th Topschau after a two-year break. Once again it was a show that impressively demonstrated that the milked cattle in the ...
The Alp farming season is approaching. For some families, this means moving to the Alpine pastures for about 80 days, starting in June. Looking after the cows, working in the stables, making cheese. A challenge for families with school-age children. How do they manage the balancing act between ...
Saanenland Scores at BEA
The 125 most beautiful cows were on display at the 32nd annual Bernese Elite Show on May 11th. The competition consisted of 14 categories of the three races—Simmental, Swiss Fleckvieh, and Red Holstein/Holstein.
Samichlous is Coming to Town
Samichlous visited the Saanenland on 6 December, bringing all children a fine chlousäckli, a little bag of treats. Samichlous arrived with Schmutzli on a donkey, and stayed in the group of eager children who had gathered, letting them fawn over him.
Famous Fondue Caquelon Returns
The large wooden caquelon that spent the summer as a regional ambassador in the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt is now back home. On the 7 November it was inaugurated into the cheese grotto in Gstaad, the newest of the grotto's three caquelons.
Topschau Meets Swisscow
Farmers in the Saanenland are busily preparing for this year’s “Cow Show Week”, set to take place the last week of October and feature a bevy of bovine fun.
Local Dairy Farmer Wins Big at Olma
Gery Ryter (Alp Mittenbach, Saanen) took 2nd place in the category of Hobelkäse at the 17th Alpkäse premiere at Olma, the popular Swiss agriculture and food fair held yearly in St. Gallen. The award is a strong confirmation for Ryter's hard work during the summer on the alp.
Saanenland Scores in Cheese Awards
This year’s Bernese Alpkäsemeisterschaft—the 19th annual Bernese Alpine Cheese Championship —in Grindelwald brought top honours for local dairy farmers. A number of cheese producers from the Saanenland were present with their products last weekend, all vying for a cheese award.