The Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting, also known as the 13th Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting, is an annual event that brings together Saab enthusiasts in the picturesque Jura vaudois region of Switzerland. Since its inception in 2011, this winter gathering has been a simple and convivial celebration of the Saab brand. In this article, we will delve into the history and essence of this event, highlighting its evolution, charm, and the anticipation surrounding the 2024 edition.
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A Unique Tradition
The Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting has become synonymous with camaraderie and a shared love for Saab automobiles. As the name suggests, one of the event’s main attractions is the indulgence in a delectable Neuchâteloise fondue, made with exquisite Swiss cheese. The venue for this gastronomic delight is the Restaurant de la Vieille Fontaine, nestled in the scenic Côty valley of the Jura neuchâtelois. Mariette, the remarkable hostess, adds a touch of warmth and authenticity to the gathering.
A History of Success
The inaugural edition of the Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting in 2011 witnessed the participation of over 60 enthusiasts, setting the stage for a tradition that would endure and thrive. In 2012, the event’s popularity surged, with more than a hundred Saab aficionados from across Europe converging for an evening of cheese fondue and countryside festivities. Since then, each year has seen between fifty and a hundred dedicated Saab enthusiasts braving the snow and cold to attend from all corners of Europe.
A Change of Scenery
In 2015, the meeting underwent a change of location, relocating to Vallorbe in the Jura Vaudois region. This transition brought fresh energy and a growing number of participants, with 2018 marking a significant milestone – over a hundred attendees. The event’s continuous growth showcased the enduring appeal of Saab cars and the passion of their owners.
Adapting to Challenges
The year 2021 presented unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To adapt, the Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting transformed into an “on-demand” event, taking place throughout the year to ensure the safety of participants. Unfortunately, the 2022 edition had to be canceled due to ongoing health concerns.
A Resilient Return
In February 2023, the Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting made a resilient comeback, with 110 enthusiasts reuniting under the Vallorbe sun for the 12th edition. The event was a testament to the dedication and spirit of the Saab community.
Looking Ahead to 2024
As we look ahead to 2024, the dates for the Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting are already set for the weekend of February 17th-18th. Registrations for this highly anticipated event are now open, but it’s important to note that spaces are limited, and advance registration is mandatory.
A Timeless Celebration of Saab Passio
The Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting is not just a gathering of car enthusiasts; it’s a celebration of camaraderie, tradition, and the enduring love for Saab automobiles. With its rich history and a promising future, this event remains a highlight for Saab aficionados from around the world. As we eagerly await the 2024 edition, one thing is certain – the Saab Swiss Fondue Meeting will continue to be a cherished tradition that brings Saab lovers together in the heart of Switzerland’s Jura vaudois.
Here’s how it was at this gathering of previous years: