We are delighted to start L’Atelier du Fromage in the canton of Fribourg, home of Gruyère PDO and Vacherin Fribourgeois PDO. The subtle flavors of these two cheeses make them the stars of the half and half fondue.
Join us as we explore this incredible canton and discover the wonderful world of artisanal cheeses made in the canton of Fribourg!
Our Discoveries in Fribourg
Overview of the Canton
Land Area: 1,6771 km2
Population: 311,914 (Déc 2016)
Admission to the Swiss Confederation: 1481
Language: Swiss German, French
Fribourg was founded in 1157 and admitted to the Swiss Confederation in 1481, along with the canton of Solothurn.
Fribourg was the first French-speaking canton to join the Swiss alliance. However, the people of Fribourg quickly adopted Swiss-German when they joined the Confederation. Today, it is a bilingual canton with 70% of the population speaking French and 30% German.
Stories and legends
The Rand of the Cows
The story is about a cowherd who is awakened by three strangers who enter his cottage and start making cheese from fresh milk. The strangers offer the cowherd three bowls and make him choose one. The first will give him strength, the second will give him wealth and the third will give him the gift of song that will win all the hearts of the land. The cowherd chooses the third bowl and soon he is reunited with his love. Both sing the Ranz des Vaches and their voices can be heard throughout the Alps.
To know more : The origin of the Ranz des Vaches
To listen : Ranz des Vaches by William Tell – Rossini