On Saturday October 28th in Basle, 260 members of the Zunft zu Rebleuten (Wine guild) including guests gathered at a famous country estate in the hills for their annual dinner to celebrate the success of the year, to install new members, and to have many speeches – nearly all in German.
The reception started at 5 pm and a delicious 4 course dinner was punctuated with speeches, reports, music from the Guild’s band of drummers and brass ensemble, and more speeches. Much ceremonial costume was on display.
Dinner finished at 11pm and then drinks and more food bridged the end of the evening until 1am.
The presence of the Master and his 10 minute speech, partly in German was much appreciated by “der Meister” and his committee of the 650 year old organisation and a bottle of the Masters Cask was presented to Fabian Bebler, der Meister, and a great time was had by all.