Papet vaudois: a crafty creation
Potatoes, leeks and a tasty pork-and-cabbage sausage: that's papet vaudois, the favourite dish of residents of the Lake Geneva Region. According to legend, this delicacy was created in the village of Orbe more than 1,100 years ago. The locals had insufficient meat to feed the king and his entourage who were passing through, so they added cabbage to the sausages to make the meat go further. The king was impressed – and the villagers had created a unique dish.
Pinot noir: blue-blooded character
With its 36 hectares, the city of Lausanne is the leading public owner of vineyards in Switzerland. The vines of the Domaine de la Ville are cultivated in integrated production, and since 1803, the fine Pinot noir grapes have been auctioned publicly on the second Saturday in December in the Town Hall. The resulting top-class wines are also available at many top restaurants.
Bouchons vaudois: bite-sized
Only a handful of confectioners are permitted to produce these cork-shaped sponge delicacies. Their filling comes as a surprise: the finest almond praline mass. Their name is a wordplay that refers both to their form, in the shape of a cork (French: "bouchon"), as well as to the French word for mouth ("bouche").
Pavés Tony: sweet "cobblestones"
In the picturesque Old Town of Lausanne lies the Rue de Bourg, birthplace of the celebrated Pavés de la Rue de Bourg. These "cobblestones" with their exquisite filling and coating of fine chocolate were created at the Confiserie Chez Tony. You can still buy them here – either the classic version, or filled with Kirsch, absinthe or damassine (plum brandy).