Bénichon: a gourmet work of art
The Bénichon is the traditional thanksgiving festival in the Pays de Fribourg, celebrated with the classic Bénichon meal: a gastronomic work of art that encompasses no less than eight courses and more than 30 creations. Whole families gather for the occasion, eating and drinking from lunchtime until late at night. The Bénichon menu is also served at many restaurants.
Gâteau du Vully: sweet or savoury
The celebrated Gâteau du Vully is produced around Mont-Vully near Murten. A yeast-based dough is topped with plenty of cream and sugar; there is also a savoury version, with bacon and caraway seeds. This tastes superb with a wine from the region: a Gewürztraminer, Riesling-Sylvaner, or a Fribourg wine from Mont-Vully.
Bondelles: smoked whitefish
A speciality from Lake Neuchâtel is the bondelle, a native species of whitefish, which is smoked according to ancient recipes. There is also a great tradition of fishing on Lake Murten, where there are still fishing families. Other delicacies here include pike and perch fillets: most memorably enjoyed on a terrace with views of the lake.
Gerstesoep: goed gevuld
Graubünden's celebrated barley soup evolved here hundreds of years ago; it also contains many other ingredients including bacon and beans. Now regarded as a delicacy, it is even served at gourmet restaurants such as Jöhri's Talvo.