Autumn à la carte
On 1 September the hunting season begins in the Engadin St. Moritz region – and with it, special game weeks at the Engadin restaurants. Hunting enjoys a long tradition here, and holiday visitors can enjoy a rich gourmet game cuisine, especially during the autumn.
Traditionally from the month of September, around 5,400 hunters ensure that game populations in the canton of Graubünden, and especially in the Engadin St. Moritz region, do not grow out of control. Non-hunters are generally more interested in the gastronomic game season, enjoying dishes such as venison stew and saddle of venison at one of the many Engadin restaurants that offer game specialities on their menus during the autumn.
The preparation of game dishes in autumn has a long tradition in the Engadin St. Moritz region. As far back as the 16th century, when every citizen was free to hunt, local people began to cook with game. Their recipes were then handed down over the generations – until today.
This year, game dishes in the Engadin St. Moritz holiday region go particularly well with hiking excursions up to the delectable mountain peaks. With the "Mountain Railways Inclusive" deal, visitors staying at least two nights in selected hotels can use funiculars, cable cars and certain public transport services free of charge. Before winter returns with its snowy mantle, it is well worth visiting one more time to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Engadin blanketed in autumnal gold, as well as the delicious local game specialities.
Among the restaurants particularly well-known for their game dishes are the Bellavista in Surlej (www.bellavista.ch), the Lapin Bleu within the Hotel Steffani in St. Moritz (www.steffani.ch), and the Saluver in Celerina (www.saluver.ch).