The "Bénichon" is a centuries-old, traditional Fribourg celebration.
At the beginning, it was a religious celebration whereby thanks were given to the gods for what had been harvested during the year. Over the years the ceremony's religious side disappeared and the gastronomic and festive side remained. For six hours straight or more, you eat and drink and, if you manage to get on your feet again, dance! And the whole thing according to local tradition.
This event has been celebrated since the 15th century during the parish fair and anniversary celebrations honouring the patron of the church. At the mercy of the patron saints, hardly no Sundays without Benichon.
The profane celebration
These dedication celebrations were soon mixed with profane celebrations, which became more and more important. From the 18th century onwards, it was decided to separate the religious festival from the secular one, and to make the Benichon a country festival which marked the end of summer and the work of the land. In the plains as well as in the mountain pastures, families gathered around the table and enjoyed the harvest and the culinary specialities of the Benichon.