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The first event I attended upon moving to Switzerland in 1999 was the Fête de la Courge in Corsier. It was a tiny affair back then. The weather was horrible, the field swampy and everyone huddled under a midsized tent while it poured outside. I wish I had a picture of this small group of people trying to have a good time. Since then the Fête de la Courge has taken on many different looks; small, large and for a few years even cancelled.

fête de la courge

The pumpkins of 2005.

The weather outlook for the Fête this Sunday, October 2 (10:00-18:00) isn’t looking very promising as I write this blog but don’t let that discourage you. The selection of pumpkins to purchase is a sight to behold. You wouldn’t know there are so many varieties of pumpkins. You can also expect pumpkin soup, white wine, usually fondue or raclet and a wide selection of artisanal foods and wares.

How to get there: Bus G stops in Corsier (20 minutes from Rive) and there is usually parking available in the fields. Corsier is such a small, quaint village, you won’t miss the location.

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