The “Zibelemärit” or onion market is a traditional folk festival that takes place every year on the fourth Monday in November in the Swiss federal city of Bern. On this special day, farmers bring over 50 tons of onions and garlic to the city in artfully woven braids.
When the tantalizing aroma of onion tart and mulled wine wafts through the streets of Bern, the city is transformed into a lively festival that celebrates the Zibelemärit. From the early hours of the morning, thousands of visitors bustle through the alleyways of the Upper Old Town and enjoy the unique atmosphere, which is a mixture of farmers’ market and folk festival. The numerous stalls offer artfully braided onion plaits, delicious onion tarts, wonderfully fragrant “Chnoblibrote” (garlic bread), spicy mulled wine and other warm drinks.
It is a feast for the senses where you can discover and taste the region’s many culinary delights. The colorful and creative onion braids are not only an eye-catcher, but also a popular souvenir for visitors. The Zibelemärit invites you to discover the region’s rich culinary heritage while enjoying the cheerful and festive atmosphere that reigns in the narrow streets of the old town.
This traditional festival brings together people from all parts of the country and is an important part of Swiss culture. It is an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to celebrate the traditions, taste the delicacies and experience the warm hospitality of the Bernese people. The Zibelemärit is undoubtedly a highlight in Bern’s annual calendar and an event not to be missed.
Video Zwibelemärit (onion market) in Bern
The “Zwibelemärit” (onion market) is a traditional folk festival that takes place on the fourth Monday in November. Farmers from the Bern region bring over 50 tons of onions and garlic – in artfully woven braids – to the federal city. More info: http://www.bern.com/zibelemaerit
Video Bern Onion Market 2012 ( Zibelemärit ) Onion Market in Bern Switzerland