Chestnuts were once known in the Valais as the ‘bread of the poor’. At that time the Valais was the largest producer of chestnuts in Switzerland, along with the Ticino. Miles of beautiful chestnut forests are evidence of this, and an encouragement to long walks. The chestnut tradition is alive and well today. A big chestnut festival is celebrated in Fully every October. Over 8500 kilograms of chestnuts are roasted at numerous market stands in the village streets surrounding the church.
The Chestnut Guild
The Confraternity of the Chestnut has around one hundred members. It was formed in 1996 in order to preserve the chestnut forest and encourage productivity.
Goals of the Confraternity
The bylaws specify the following goals:
• to record the history of the chestnut forest, compiling and preserving all documents on that subject and about the chestnut in general
• to jointly preserve, rejuvenate and develop the chestnut forest in conjunction with the responsible forest managers and the municipal government
• to create and maintain an educational trail running through the chestnut forest
• to raise awareness of Fully chestnuts and the chestnut forest, as well as old and new methods of conserving chestnuts
• to raise the profile of Fully through campaigns, exhibitions and other events which may be deemed useful
• to raise awareness of the various methods of preparing edible chestnuts
• to create a cultural exchange with other chestnut-growing regions.
Rue de l’Eglise 54
Phone: +41 27 746 20 80
Jean-Baptiste Bruchez – Grand Master of the Confraternity of the Chestnut