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Farmers festivals
Farmers festivals

Experience the traditions

July - September

Pure tradition - Our alpine festivals and cow fights are legendary

In summer the famers of the Saas Valley let the cow and the goat out!

Absolute family fun! From June to September you have the opportunity to take part in original folklore events. Traditional alpine festivals characterise the Saas Valley summer. Experience beautiful days in good company and a fantastic atmosphere. Experience the exciting cow fights followed by a cosy party with raclette, music and other Valaisan specialities. Cultural entertainment for the whole family


Ascent to the Alps

11.06.2022 | Ascent to the Distelalp | Saas-Almagell
Experience this historic custom when the cows are brought to the alp for the summer.

Zermeiggern (Above the balancing basin)

Program 2022:
- 10 a.m.: Festivities
- 11 a.m.: Start of the fights

19.06.2022 | Ascent and cow fights Zermeiggern - Eyenalp | Saas-Almagell
This historical custom is still lived today. The cows are brought to the alp for the summer, where afterwards the cow fights take place to win the queen.


Program 2022:
- 10:30 a.m.: Holy mass (chapel Zermeiggern) 
- 11:30 a.m.: Start of the cow fights
- From 4 p.m.: Festivities with meat soup

18.06.2022 | Anniversary Ascent: 20 years of goats - alpine Ascent from Saas-Fee to Alpe Hannig | Saas-Fee
Accompany the goats to the summering on Alpe Hannig. Alpteam Alpe Hannig cordially invites you to accompany the goats. 

Program 2022:
- From 9 p.m.: Gathering of the goats, helpers & guests at the upper car park (P1) in the direction of Wildi to move together to Hannigalp.
- Further information will be provided on site. 

Further informations

26.06.2022 | Ascent to the Triftalp | Saas-Grund
The alpine team of Triftalp are looking forward to a few cosy hours.

Program 2022:
10 a.m.: Arrival of the cows
11 a.m.: Holy mass
12 p.m.: Start of the ring cow fights

Catering: Meat, Bratwurst & Ribs
Arrival: Exit Triftalp for CHF 10.- (ascent & descent)
Note: Last descent Trift at 6:30 p.m.

Farmers festivals

24.07.2022 | Yodelling Mass at Kreuzboden | Saas-Grund 
An event very close to heaven. Combining Holy Mass with musical entertainment by the yodel choir Wildbachchörli Hohtenn.
Followed by catering with musical entertainment by the lake.

Program 2022:

  • From 11 am: Holy Mass by the lake at Kreuzboden.
  • From 12 am: Catering at the lake with Barbecue and raclette
  • From 12.15 pm: musical entertainment with Philippe Jeanneret

Note: Special fare Saas-Grund - Kreuzboden and return: CHF 10.- | Can be purchased at the Infocenter Hohsaas until 11 am.

07.08.2022 | Big Goat Festival | Restaurant Alpenblick Saas-Fee
An unforgettable day in the most beautiful mountain scenery with live folk music right next to the grazing goats. The well-known goat expert Peter Baumann presents 9 different original Swiss goat breeds with regard to origin, identification, milk yield etc. and shows you many characteristics of these very interesting and curious animals in a demonstration.
At the market stall, pure, traditionally natural goat milk products from the Alpe Hannig will be on sale.

Program 2022:
- 10.30 a.m. Arrival of the goats from Alpe Hannig at the pasture near the Alpenblick restaurant.
- From 10.30 a.m. until closing time: Festival with musical entertainment by the "Saaser Grüess" country band at the Restaurant Alpenblick Saas-Fee.
- From 11 a.m.: Enjoy a goat or cow cheese raclette, goat grilled sausages, bratwursts, chips, aelplermakaronen, special desserts and more.
- 14.30 p.m. Presentation of various Swiss goat breeds (goat expert Peter Baumann, Grindelwald).

The Alpe Hannig Alpine team, the Alpe Hannig Foundation and the Restaurant Alpenblick are looking forward to your visit and a wonderful day!
Note: The postponement date is 21 August 2022.

Further informations

14.08.2022 | Farmers festival Triftalp | Saas-Grund 
Mountains, cows and cheese. A stereotype, indeed. And yes, the farmers are proud of their cows and therefore it is not surprising that everyone gathers on the mountain to crown the strongest ring cow of the summer.

Program 2022:
- 11 a.m.: Holy Mass followed by musical entertainment 
- 1.30 p.m.: Stone throwing and sale of alpine cheese and ziger
- from 3.30 p.m.: Saas meat soup
- 4 p.m.: Coronation of the Alpine Queen and Milk Cow

Arrival: Exit Triftalp for CHF 10.- (ascent & descent)
Note: Last descent Trift at 6:30 p.m.

18.09.2022 | Yodeling Festival | Saas-Balen
Yodelling festival at the parish church in Saas-Balen with the Grubenalp Yodelling Club.

Program 2022:
- 10.30 a.m. Yodelling festival arranged by the Grubenalp Yodelling Club of Saas-Balen
- followed by an aperitif in front of the church

Descent from the Alps

10.09.2022 | Descent from the Hoferalp | Saas-Balen
Experience how the Alpine herdsmen return to their villlage after a summer up on the Alp. The cows are beautifully decorated.

Program 2022:
- 10 a.m.: Alpine procession from "Hoferälpji".
- approx. 12 p.m.: Arrival of the procession in Saas-Balen.
- Afterwards the is a Big cheese sale and festive food & drinks in Saas-Balen
- 2 - 6 p.m.: Musical entertainment

17.09.2022 | Descent from the Alpe Hannig | Saas-Fee
After 3 months of alpine life on Alpe Hannig with its herb-rich menu and Saas sun-fuelled, the goats are very fit and urged to return to their home environment. 

Program 2022:
- 09:15 a.m.: Gathering for spectators and companions to welcome the goats and the last "Zweige-grasen" in the Stafelwald region (above "Murmelifeld").
- Followed by a procession through the village (via church - community centre - upper village street - tourist office - car park P1).


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