Fête des Vignerons – a great day out!

Le Passeport de Julie – Take advantage!

A treasure hunt for families that runs all over town is Le Passeport de Julie. Le Passeport de Julie is a guide game for families and children ages 4 to 10, created by the Fête des Vignerons in collaboration with the creative agency CullyCully.

It brings together activities for young audiences and their families within the Ville en Fête. Families have a guide for specific offers of the Ville en Fête (the Alimentarium, RTS, the festival menagerie, the museum of the Confrérie des Vignerons, etc.) and the activities they offer. The treasure hunt engages all the senses, and family collaboration is needed throughout.

Young visitors prove they’ve achieved each stage of the course with a stamp in their passport. Starting at the Jardin Doret (with a storyteller) and culminating with the Ferris wheel located at Entre-Deux-Villes. At the end of the course, a surprise will be revealed to the owner of the passport. The passport is a great guide within the Ville en Fête, but also a beautiful souvenir for families to remember the Fête des Vignerons 2019. – how to get your passport de Julie

Espace Jeune Public

In the heart of the Jardin Doret, the Espace Jeune Public will propose every day, several times daily, shows or entertainment for families or children.

The Musée des Contes et récits will propose “Once upon a time in Switzerland”, tales from each of the Swiss cantons. The Musée des Contes et récits (a museum of tales and stories) joins the Fête des Vignerons to reveal and pass on to the younger generations a few pearls of the Swiss oral tradition and literature at the Chalet des Contes Suisses (the cottage of Swiss fairy tales).

The performing arts company La Toupine d’Alain Benzoni, reputed amongst youth audiences internationally, is coming with several proposals: first is “a cow-rousel and his Orgamoo”, a merry-go-round that presents children with a unique herd:

the “bovine bi-plane”, the “cow angel”, the “bum-bull bee”, the silly rocket, the cow on wheels, the up-side-down cow, the cow dancer, the skating cow, the musician cow, and the swimming cow.

Then there’s the Alpine Bestiary, an ecological carousel theatre made of driftwood and consisting of iconic Alpine animals that live above 1500 meters – a wolf, a snipe, a marmot, an ibex, a fox, a yeti, a royal eagle. It comes to life thanks to its presenter, who takes us into his world at every turn, and a swing for parents to push.

Then a “Zanimal – the merry-go-forth”, is a new concept: an animal, a child, a parent walking in tow, a whole troupe of lit-up and noisy animals (frog, swan, pig, ladybug, bear, elephant, dragon, rabbit, fox, duck) will be there to greet your little marmots ages 2 and up. And the “Orgarêve” (organ-dream) and its happy clouds, a merry-go-round that houses a special musical organ: 48 alphorn pipes, mechanical piano, accordion, musical bottles and percussion…

The Compagnie Mine de Rien offers for its part “Cinderella leads the dance” and “Snow White”: Joane Reymond, a storyteller-wacky clown, wants you to rediscover these mythical tales in a funny and exhilarating version.

The Compagnie Octopus landed with his “Mini Playdough Circus”: the largest mini-circus in the world, which can accommodate up to 40 children (maximum height 1m40 or 4ft 5in), comes to the festival equipped with only a few balls of clay to shape with a clever twist of the hand.

At the gates to the Jardin Doret, on the Scène de l’Aviron located on the Quai Maria-Belgia, a Swiss first: the Burattini family offers in its enchanted caravan the “Little Museum of fairy tales” and “You have beautiful eyes, Carabosse”, an illustrious puppet theatre that faithfully breathes new life into Charles Perrault’s tales.

La Ferme | The Farm

Located in the Jardin Doret, the farm will welcome the animals that are related one way or another to the show and processions, some 40 cows, a dozen horses, a mule and a couple of kids, (young goats) :-).

Next to the stable, a petting zoo will host a sheep, its lambs and some rabbits to the delight of families and children. The public will be able to discover life on the farm: seven people will be present at all times to care for the animals. Visitors will be able to watch the cows getting milked twice daily. Cheese will be made every day on site by the Armaillis de la Veveyse (the local herdsmen) then refined by a Semsales cheese-maker.
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