Food in Belgium
When you think about cheese producing nations then France or Switzerland immediately spring to mind. However, in Belgium you will also find several hundred different cheeses, many from artisanal cheese makers. The news about the quality of Belgian cheese is now filtering through to the retail and gastronomy sectors....
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We succumb every single time. Our affection for our national pride, 'frieten' or 'frites', goes as deep as our love for our beer, chocolate and waffles. Nothing tastes as good as a paper cone filled to the brim with golden-brown, fries doused in salt and….. Just image a...
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We are so used to quality food in Belgium that it is often taken for granted. It is of course when we travel abroad that we really start to miss our local specialities. Nothing tastes as good as our home made jam from freshly picked strawberries, cherries or rhubarb...
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Chocolate is of such importance in Belgium that it deserves its own page. You could say this is proven by the fact that Belgians eat 8 kilo's of the stuff each and every year. Of course, chocolate has many creators but, with the possible exception of Switzerland, there's only one...
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Food and Produce
Whether in Wallonia, Flanders or Brussels you will always be able to enjoy a wide array of regional specialties, typical dishes or world class gastronomy. There is some superb produce and enough quality restaurants bistros and cafés serving the best every season has to offer. The art of...
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We would not be dedicating a whole page to this subject if it wasn’t worth it, but Belgium has one of the highest densities of Michelin starred restaurants in Europe, and by extension, the world. The Belgian food and hospitality industry at almost all levels is superb and one...
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This is your basic guide to contemporary day-to-day Belgian cuisine. Not every dish here is 100% authentic but they all are an indispensable part of Belgium’s culinary culture. You’ll find them served at many local restaurants, bistros and brasseries. A couple of them are even listed on our beer...
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All of us Belgians were born with a thoroughly sweet tooth. We enjoy 'babelutten', 'bonbons', 'gommetjes', 'nougat', 'spekken', 'veters' or 'karamellen'. Complete the list with our endless range of regional specialties and you are not far off compiling an entire volume of confectionary poetry. You can go to...
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Detailed information about Belgian food, fresh and seasonal produce plus the many regional specialities, both savoury and sweet; including Belgian chocolates of course.
It is an open secret that Belgium is great for foodies. In itself, this is quite remarkable - such a diverse kitchen for such a small country. We are not a major player on the agricultural stage, we simply do not have the space. Nevertheless, a number of regions are known for their chicory, for Brussels sprouts, asparagus and potatoes, or for fruits such as apples, pears and strawberries.
All of this produce comes with its own distinctive taste, best enjoyed when in season. A strawberry grown out in the open, hop shoots in early spring, sprouts in winter… simply delightful.
The secret goes beyond good, pure-tasting products. Our food culture is in our genes. A quick snack caught on the run is perfectly fine in these busy times; preparing a slap-up meal does take time, after all. We may well let this pass during the week, then go mad in the kitchen at the weekend. Cooking has become all the rage in recent years. The best-selling books are all cookery manuals produced by our TV chefs. Every possible cookery format has been shown on the small screen. But beyond the omnipresent reality TV there are the rich culinary flavours of everyday life. Here we would like to give you a glimpse behind the screens.
Leafing through these virtual pages, you are immediately struck by how many lovely products we have listed.
First and foremost, there is beer, but of course there is chocolate, there are fries – twice-cooked, of course. The parade of sweet delicacies is virtually endless, especially if you zoom in on the regional specialties we unearth.
And let’s not forget the classics: mussels and fries, vol-au-vent or steak and fries. These can be found on the menu of most brasseries, bistros and restaurants and are also prepared in every home kitchen. Coincidentally, they all go quite well with a beer.
However, not all of our products are so well known. Did you know, for example, that over 300 different cheeses are produced in Belgium? We make every type of cheese (except mountain cheeses – we have no mountains): from hard abbey cheeses to blue-veined cheeses, pasteurised or unpasteurised, made from cow’s, goat’s or sheep’s milk. You will come across cheeses that could please any palate, to veritable smell and taste bombs like real Brussels cheese or a Herve. There’s plenty to discover with the help of these pages.
What is this little country’s big culinary secret, beyond all this lovely produce and its many delicious preparations? Above all, it is our love of good food and fine dining. We also have strong, respected traditions and the great expertise of those who grow or prepare the very best products every single day. This is the common theme that lies at the heart of every food story. Quality lies in the art of transformation and taking the time to achieve the best results. This takes us back neatly to the essence of the brewing trade, as the brewer also needs patience and skill to turn the very best ingredients into his very best beer.
Trappist beer meets whisky, Chimay Grande Réserve Fermentée en Barriques 2018
At the BeerLovers’ Café just behind Liège’s City Hall we get together to taste the limited edition Chimay Grande Réserve Fermentée en Barriques 2018, a Trappist beer aged in whisky barrels.
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Palm and Rodenbach - now under the banner of Swinkels Family Brewers
LIESHOUT/STEENHUFFEL - Since 2016 the Palm, De Hoorn and Rodenbach breweries have been owned by Bavaria, a Dutch-based brewer. Two years after the takeover, Bavaria has been re-named Swinkels Family ... [ more ]
The Brewers Of Europe Forum 2018
BRUSSELS - To be authentic is not a competition and neither is it a fashionable attitude. You either are an authentic brewer or you are not. You are driven, you make great beers that have a soul, you have a good story to... [ more ]
Zythos 2018. Watch out… there’s some heritage about!
LEUVEN - 12,500 fans made their way to Leuven for what was already the 15th edition of the Zythos beer festival. Many fans travelled a long way to get to Belgium. They flocked here from many European ... [ more ]
Showcasing the Belgian art of living, Horecatel 2018
MARCHE-EN-FAMENNE - “Their cuisine is on a par with that of the French and the portions are generous...” When people discuss the Belgian art of living, it won’t be long before the term ‘Burgundian’ ... [ more ]
Straffe Hendrik heralded the era of strong degustation beers brewed by De Halve Maan in Bruges. It is the flagship beer produced by the oldest brewery in Bruges’ inner city, known ... [ more ]