Usually, Swiss National Day on 1 August is an opportunity for Caux Forum participants to discover some Swiss traditions, including cheese fondue. This year, it looked like the Caux Palace would be empty, and most celebrations in the area were cancelled. However, the large terrace of the Caux Palace was a perfect place to throw a party where locals could celebrate at a safe distance from each other. IofC Switzerland partnered with the Society for the Development of Caux and L’Artisan Glacier to offer a festive programme.
During the warm summer day, more than 300 people came at different times to enjoy the beautiful view and the entertaining programme. Following Swiss tradition, the day opened with a concert of alp horns in the gardens. Delicious food prepared by our dedicated team was available all day long, as was the bouncy castle for younger visitors. In the afternoon, we offered discovery tours of the Caux Palace in three languages. Most were fully booked, showing how eager locals are to learn more about this magnificent Belle Epoque building and its rich history. In the late afternoon, the Lounge Band jazzed up the party that went on through the evening.
We would like to thank all those who visited us on this Swiss National Day!