At that, it is not about the animal but a honey pastry. The name is probably derived from the Latin word “piper“, which means pepper or spice in general (“Pfefferkuchen”/pepper spice bread). The first bibers, which were already baked in the city in the 15th century, were yet unstuffed. By now, most bibers from St.Gallen are stuffed with almonds und have a special imprint, for example of the bear of St.Gallen or the monastery towers.
True bratwursts from St.Gallen are scalded sausages, which consist of clearly defined parts of veal and pork, as well as bacon and milk. Three spices, salt, white pepper, and nutmeg, are also required. Onions, lemons, nutmegs, cardamom, coriander, and ginger spice are allowed as additional spices. For consumption, bratwurst is fried or grilled and eaten without mustard.
The recipe has not been changed since bratwurst was mentioned, evidenced by documents, in the regulations of the butcher’s guild of St.Gallen for the first time in 1438. A “usual” bratwurst from St.Gallen weighs 100-120 grams. For special occasions such as OLMA or the children’s festival, bigger sausages are produced as well.
The most drunk beer of the city is from the local brewery Schützengarten. Aside from lager beer, several specialties such as “Weißer Engel“ (white angel) (wheat beer), “St.Galler Klosterbräu“ (naturally cloudy), “Schwarzer Bär“ (black bear) (dark, malty), or “Gallus 612“ (old-style ale) are offered. www.schuetzengarten.ch/
Swiss chocolate was not invented in St.Gallen. The chocolate factory Maestrani was located in St.Gallen for a long time and today, it produces premium chocolate products not far from the city, which are sold at the chocolaterie at Klosterplatz among others. The restaurant in this historical building (built in 1506), which is opposite the monastery, offers delicious drinking chocolate to enjoy and a wide variety of sweet souvenirs in the shop. www.chocolateriesg.ch/de/
Textiles and Lace from St.Gallen
St.Gallen is home to several big textile companies, whose precious fabrics and embroideries are used for their haute couture collections by many designers. Most of these companies also have outlet stores. www.forsterrohner.com/
. The world-renowned company Akris was founded in St.Gallen in 1923 and, up to the present day, has its headquarters in the heart of the city. The designs made out of high-quality fabrics – designed by creative director Albert Kriemler – impress with subtle simplicity and functionality. They are presented at the Paris Fashion Week two times a year. Charlene, Princess of Monaco is one of many prominent customers. She almost exclusively wear designs by Akris. www.akris.ch/All kinds of articles of daily use made out of textiles or lace from St.Gallen can be bought at the shop of the textile museum.