Brussels 2012: A year of gastronomy

Friday, 27 January 2012 10:15 AM

If you’re a food lover then 2012 is the ideal time to be in Brussels. The Belgium capital is celebrating its food and drink heritage with a number of foodie events throughout the year - proving that gastronomic excellence is available everywhere in Brussels, from street corners to flash restaurants.

Highlights of the year include ‘The Tram Experience’ – which launches on Valentine’s Day – where the typical transport of the city will be transformed temporarily into a moving gourmet restaurant. Diners will be able to enjoy spectacular meals from Michelin starred chefs, whilst touring the city on a two hour circuit. The very romantic, and unique, dining experience will run throughout the year, costing around seventy five Euros per person.

Other extravagant and unusual meals include ‘Dinner in the Sky’, which is exactly what it sounds like – a restaurant suspended forty meters above ground by a crane! Meals will be prepared by seven of the most renowned chefs in Brussels, and the locations of the sky high dining will change throughout the year – thereby offering diners unique unbeatable views of the city landscape.

However, it won’t all be about fine dining, and superb foodie treats will still be available to diners on a strict budget, too. Even the humble chip will have its moment during the festival in the especially dedicated ‘Frietkot Walk’. Frietkots are the Belgium version of ‘chippies’ and the special walking tour is designed to take you to ten of the city’s most famous. Expect double frying for the perfect artisan chip!

The foodie theme of 2012 is even set to spill into other events in the Capital, with special food-related film screenings being shown all year, and a food sculpture festival taking place in September. And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Brussels without some chocolate tasting – so those with a sweet tooth will be happy to know that, as well as the annual November Chocolate Festival, there will be demonstrations by mater chocolate makers everyday thought the year on the Grand Place.

So, Brussels looks set to be the foodie capital in 2012 – although travellers may need to hit the gym after they’ve visited!
 

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