Fine dining. phenomenal views and a property so sleek it could make James Bond come running. Head to Switzerland for the annual Taste of Zermatt festival this summer – and combine it with a week of opulence at Chalet Elbrus.
Taking place on 28th July – 5th October 2019, Taste of Zermatt is an annual food festival held at the foot of the Matterhorn mountain. It showcases the resort’s superior gastronomy and top chefs, through a range of unique and hunger-inducing culinary events.
Undeniably a gourmet destination, with 242 Gault Millau points across 17 restaurants, Zermatt has a higher concentration of top restaurants than anywhere else in the Alps.
An unmissable exploration of world-class flavours and tastes, the annual festival sees a number of Michelin chefs join forces to offer pure culinary brilliance. With so much on offer during the event, here’s a taste of what foodies can try during their Swiss escape.
Festival highlights include…
1 Feasting upon gondola fondue
Take a ride up the mountain via a gourmet gondala – where guests are invited to try delicious cheese fondue as they glide past the Matterhorn. Pair this famed Swiss dish with refreshing wines from the Valais region, as well as a range of mains and desserts.
2 Starting the day with a gondola breakfast
Forget the standard table experience. Try breakfast the gourmet way with a 70-minute return adventure from Zermatt to Trockener Steg aboard a scenic cable car. As well as panoramic views, there’s plenty of fresh dishes to devour.
3 Trying world-class cuisine at a Kitchen Party
Watch your favourite chefs in action as Zermatt’s top chefs whip up unique dishes in front of a live audience.
Watch in fascinated awe as the chefs prepare a range of regional dishes at different cooking stations – before the creations are served together (along with outstanding wines) following the demonstrations.
4 Hike the Horugüet way
Adventure lovers and nature worshippers, don’t even think about missing this special day out. Taking place on the first Saturday of October, don your walking boots and join the culinary hike that takes place in Zermatt, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.
No ordinary trek, the hike passes by six mountain restaurants – where each pitstop involves regional specialities and tempting local treats.
Where to stay: Chalet Elbrus
With all that feasting, you’ll need somewhere fabulous to rest your head. Located within the prestigious 7 Heavens development, Chalet Elbrus showcases luxury living at its finest.
Encompassing an expansive 550m² spread across three floors, this plush pad features its own private spa and wellness area – including a gym and a large heated indoor hot tub and hammam.
Two master bedrooms, double bedrooms and a further bunk room, all with en-suite bathrooms – there’s enough room for everyone at this incredible hideaway.
Relax in the TV room, drink in the panoramic views of the mountains and or simply head to the balcony to inhale the freshest breath of mountain air.
Located in one of the most enviable locations in Zermatt, 7 Heavens is a three-minute walk from the heart of the village in immediate proximity to shopping, night life and the main railway station. It is only 50 metres from the Sunnegga funicular which takes you up the mountain in just three minutes.
Make it happen
Rates for Haute Montagne’s Chalet Elbrus start from CHF 36,840 (£27,952) for summer on a fully-staffed basis with chalet manager, chef, hosts and daily cleaning all provided. Food and drink at an additional cost. Tickets to Taste of Zermatt are not included.
For further information on Haute Montagne or to book the above chalet visit hautemontagne.com/ or call +41 44 586 49 94. *Price in pound sterling accurate according to today’s exchange rate. For further information on Taste of Zermatt or to book tickets to the festival visit www.tasteofzermatt.ch/