FRIBOURG AS SEEN BY…
EYES ON THE STARS, FEET ON THE GROUND
The La Gruyère Golf Resort, on the shores of Lake La Gruyère, is set in one of the most picturesque parts of Switzerland.
Mathieu Jaton’s schedule is as full as that of any head of state. “Two days ago, I was at the opening of the Comptoir gruérien (November 2017). Tomorrow, I’m heading off to Japan.” Most of the time, the Director of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival divides his time between Lausanne, his adopted home, and Attalens, the Fribourg village where he grew up and where his parents still live. “In a fast-evolving world, it is really important to hold on tightly to your roots!” When he is in the canton, Jaton feels like he is “in a bubble, in a special place where people come first, where authenticity is still the order of the day.” This authenticity “is especially important for someone who works in a world of glitz and glamour.” Despite the fact that he oversees a very tony and cosmopolitan event, Jaton, who succeeded festival founder Claude Nobs in 2013, still has great affection and respect for “traditions that are rooted in the land, such as Bénichon (harvest festival in Fribourg) and the désalpe (cows’ descent from their high alpine pastures at the end of summer). “I am also a complete purist when it comes to fondue!” The addition of mushrooms or other weird ingredients are anathema to the man from Attalens. “Either 100% cheese or nothing.”
Mathieu Jaton's favourites ❤ : see photographs below