absinthe museum

Fête de l’Absinthe 2016

There is almost nothing better for absinthe lovers than spending the whole weekend sharing different bottles of absinthe and talking with friends from all over the world about our favorite spirit.

If this sounds like it’s your cup of tea – or rather – absinthe, then you should definitely come to the Fête de l’Absinthe in Boveresse, Switzerland next year!

This little absinthe festival is held annually in the middle of June in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe.

There was no way our team was going to miss out on this year’s absinthe festival.

absinthe festival 2016

I’ll tell you about what we’ve been up to every day of the weekend:

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Maison de l’Absinthe: the new absinthe museum in Switzerland

The history of absinthe is full of sudden new developments, from its rapidly rising popularity and becoming France’s most popular drink, to its prohibition at the beginning of the twentieth century and then its unexpected comeback a few years ago. This history is deeply interwoven with that of the Val-de-Travers, Switzerland. It is precisely there in a small city named Môtiers that the “Maison de l’Absinthe”, an absinthe museum, opened its doors for the first time in July 2014.

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Absinthe Day – Auvers sur Oise – May 20th 2012

Every year, the Absinthe Day is taking place at the absinthe museum in Auvers sur Oise, the famous town near Paris where Vincent Van Gogh spent the last days of his life painting numerous masterpieces. Marie-Claude Delahaye – curator of the absinthe museum and writer of numerous books on absinthe history and antiques – organizes an absinthe-related second-hand market each year in the museum garden and bistro.

Here are a few pictures (click to enlarge) from the last one which took place on May 20th 2012. A very convivial event where absinthe antiques collectors meet, talk, buy, sell and also drink a few absinthes around an absinthe fountain

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Museum garden and entrance. Some wormwood – artemisia absinthium – right in the middle.

 

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