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Geneva Out & About: Week of October 29, 2012

This week, highlights include great wine tastings, after-work drinks, a unique film festival, a free walk, a creativity festival, tales, historical tramways and a tasting fair!

Wine Tastings: two options this week for wine lovers!

  • Coop Wine fair: Hop on a CGN boat in Pâquis to taste (and buy, if you’d like!) more than 300 wines, with advice from experts. Sicily and Sardinia are guests of honour this year. Boarding at the Pier of Vieux Paquis on Quai du Mont Blanc. October 31 – November 4. Wednesday to Friday: 5pm–10pm, Saturday: 2pm–10pm and Sunday: 2pm-7pm. More details here.
  • Open Cellars in Vaud: Local winemakers will be delighted to explain what the new wine “bourru“ is, and the whole process of fermentation. Walk through the vineyards of Luins, near Gland, and enjoy some food and music along the way! 15 CHF to purchase a glass and taste the wine, in all of the wineries. I went last year and we had such a blast! The weather was fantastic and people were really friendly. Shuttles are  available from Gland train station, and they take you to all of the wineries. Information in French here. November 3-4.

After-work Drinks MAMCO: This event is done in conjunction with the Geneva Welcome Center. The CAGI, whose objective is to facilitate the integration and installation of newcomers, organizes after-work drinks about once a month. It’s a good opportunity to interact with both local and International people! The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art offers a nice setting and it’s always good fun. Visit the exhibition ‘L’Eternel Détour’ for free, and enjoy a drink. Reservation compulsory. November 1st at 5:45pm.

Festival tous écrans: Another great film festival, using all possible types of screen to show fiction in an innovative way (TV, cinema, mobile phones, web, video games). There will be 100 screenings, 6 competitions, and Denmark will be the guest of honour this year. Thanks to all the festival’s partners, tickets are free for all the screenings! It’s best to book in advance for a majority of the projections, however. There will also be some lectures, some debates, workshops and a family day! Check the website for more information. November 2-8.

Free Walk: How about (re)discovering the Geneva countryside by foot with a guide from Rando Salève? The walk will take you from Corsier to Chêne-Bourg. It’s 6 hours long in total, but you can always stop earlier and catch a bus back into town. You can either take a picnic along, or eat at one of the restaurants on the path. Meet in Rive in front of the G bus stop in the morning. More information with your guide Pierre Maurice (022.301.20.55  or 079.784.73.41. Or by email, November 3.

Handicraft and Creativity Festival: Check out the work of local craftsmen! Jewels, embroidery, painting, pottery, etc. Don’t miss the giant Lego model! They also have a treasure hunt and a do-it-yourself workshop for kids, so if you have little ones, they’ll be busy. Salle Communale de Luchepelet. Route d’Aire La Ville 22 Bernex. November 3-4. 10am-5pm.

Sunday Tales: How about listening to some good stories ? Whether you have kids or not, it’s always nice to join the Dimanches du Conte organized by Swisstales. They have tales for all ages but they are all in French. It can be a good way to practice your language skills. Check out the program. Theatricul, rue de Genève, 64, Chêne-Bourg. 2pm-8pm.

Hot Cool Party: This is a fun way to find out more about this new night club! Russian party at The Basement Club. Rue du Prince 9. November 2 at 10pm.

Historical Tramways Festival: Hop on an old tramway this Sunday! Departure from Rive. 3 special lines, on 3 historic modes of transportation. Special ticket 4 CHF for one line, or 10 CHF to try them all. More information and schedule here. November 4.

Tasting Fair: This is ideal for lovers of locally-produced food! Food and traditions will be present at this popular fair in Bulle. Well-known chefs will cook for you, and you can also join a workshop. 13 CHF. If you go to Bulle, make sure you also visit the beautiful village of Gruyères, just nearby. October 31 – November 4.

Save the Date: November 6-10. If you want to see good theatre in English, go and see one of the plays being performed by the Geneva English Drama Society. Buy your tickets now to see a classic Shakespeare play next week: As you Like it, a great comedy, performed by the Geneva English Drama SocietyThéâtre de Terre Sainte, Route du Jura, Coppet. (about 1 Km from the train station).

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Originally from France, I’ve been living abroad for 15 years... My background is in Education. I’ve been in Geneva for 6 years now and I'm loving it. At first I found it boring but then I found out that most of what it has to offer is hidden. As I love going out and exploring, this big village is just like a playground for me: I'm having tons of fun and I hope I can share it with you! I head up the Out and About and Lazy Sunday sections of Biskotti so if you're organizing an exciting event, be sure to invite me!