In the Klostertal valley, farmers and restaurateurs work closely together as part of the “Klostertaler Bauerntafel” initiative. Products made in the valley are lovingly packaged, available in triangular gift boxes. The contents range from dried apples to Swiss pine pillows, Alpine cheese, and propolis lip balm. “Farming meets dining” is the motto at the Klostertaler Genusswochen gourmet food events in spring and autumn. To kick off the events, participants are taken on a kind of restaurant crawl by bus.
At the biosphere reserve in Großes Walsertal, the “Alchemilla-Kräuterfrauen” provide insights into the local flora. They offer guided tours, courses and even products like herb salt, soap, ointments and balsams.
If you’d like to get involved yourself, you can learn to bake bread with Pauline Burtscher as the “Paulinarium” in Ludesch bei Bludenz, or take a traditional dairy course in one of the many local dairies and make your own cream cheese. Local craftsmen throughout Vorarlberg also open their studios to visitors and give courses in old-fashioned crafts, from felting to candle-making.