Boggi Cities

Fête de l’Escalade

Fête de l’Escalade festival

Fête de l’Escalade is an annual three-day festival held in December (7-9 December in 2018) that brings the city to life with soldiers in period dress, drum and fife parades and battle re-enactments. It celebrates a failed siege of Geneva by the Duke of Savoy in 1602, when the city’s victory led to its status as an independent republic. There is a lot going on, and certain normally inaccessible locations can be visited, such as Passage de Monetier, the narrowest alley in the city. The recipe for the event is vegetable soup, recalling housewife Catherine Cheynel who helped in the battle by pouring boiling soup out of her window onto the Savoyard troops below. Her heroic stance is also celebrated by chocolate versions of her soup cauldron or ‘marmite.’