Cheese fondue topped off by a warm chocolate fondue for dessert...it's a Swiss favorite during the cold winter months. Thanks to the fondue festivals that are springing up around the world, corporate teams can enjoy this warm and soothing treat even if a trip to Switzerland or Europe is not in the budget.
Nozawaonsen-Mura Fondue on the Slopes (Japan)
In Nozawaonsen-Mura in the Japan Alps, Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort brings two special fondue treats on Valentine's Day and on White Day (March 14th) when chocolate fondue is served.
Delheim Jazz and Cheese Fondue Festival (South Africa)
In Cape Town, winter is in July so this annual festival takes place every Sunday throughout the month of July. The menu consists of gluehwein, cheese fondue, baguettes, and coffee. The cheese fondue is a blend of emmenthal and gruyere cheese, Delheim white wine, and Kirsch. Entertainment is provided by the Pierre-Henri Wicomb Jazz Trio.
Fond du Lac Fondue Fest (Wisconsin)
Not all fondue festivals take place in the winter. In Wisconsin, the annual Fondue Fest takes place near Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay on the first Saturday of September. It's a day of entertainment, fun for the whole family and, of course, fabulous fondue.
Apres-Snowshoe Fondue (Vancouver)
This experience is available during the Dine out Vancouver Festival. After a gondola ride to the top of Grouse Mountain and guided snowshoeing, there is time to relax with a delicious fondue dinner. The 17 day winter food festival that runs every year from mid January to early February so there is plenty of time to plan your trip for next season.
Finally, you don't have to wait for a special festival. You can build fondue into your own events at any time during the year. Here is how to make your own cheese fondue.
Venues that specialize in fondue include:
- Taureau (New York)
- Art Square Cafe (Toronto)
- Fondue Prince Arthur (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Near Montreal)
- The Melting Pot (various locations throughout Canada and the U.S.)
- Movenpick has fondue at some locations during the winter.
For more destinations with gourmet treats that are perfect for winter, also read 3 Incentive Destinations for Winter Gourmet Festivals and Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival.
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