Each country has its own traditions, but I do like the whole "let's gather" for fondue tradition that they do in Switzerland.
|The best part is the "cheese crust" at the end. But there's a knack to getting it out.|
Fondue is one of those totally delicious meals that you can't have by yourself. It just seems wrong to melt a big block of cheese, chop up a loaf of crusty bread and the chow down on it without other people. It's a meal that needs to be shared...and you need to share it with good friends as you really don't want strangers dipping their fondue forks in your cheese.
To go with this tradition of eating a pot of cheese with friends, are other traditions. In some places, I've been served little boiled potatoes to dip in with the bread (very good idea) and my co-worker says no fondue is complete without Swiss kirsch liquor. He says you dip your bread in the liquor and then in the cheese to give it an extra punch.
I will warn you, this liquor is strong and not for everyone. I tried it and prefer my bread with plain old cheese. Besides, the liquor makes the bread soggy which means there is more chance of it breaking off and falling into the cheese. This is a big "no-no" when it comes to fondue.
And of course for dessert, meringue and cream is the Swiss way to end a traditional meal.