Brussels is preparing itself for BXLBeerFest, the much-aniticapted craft beer festival later this month

Belgium prepares for its anual Gastronomy and Beer  Festivals

Thursday 8 August 2019

BXLBeerFest – 24-25 August 2019 Tours & Taxis – Brussels

BXLBeerFest (http://www.bxlbeerfest.com) is craft beer festival showcasing the very best of beers from Brussels and the rest of Belgium, as well as other international countries. With over 60 breweries attending representing 10 different countries, visitors are spoilt for choice. This year, there’s a focus on gastronomy in combination with beer. Purchase a glass for the day or indeed for the whole weekend and buy tokens for the beers. Purchase tickets in advance online although admission and beer tokens can be purchased on the day of arrival too.

Belgian Beer Weekend – 6-8 September 2019 – Grand Place, Brussels

Brussels continues to celebrate its relationship with beer with this special festival being held in the picturesque Grand Place in the centre of the city. The Festival features small, medium and large Belgian breweries. Belgian Beer Weekends (http://www.belgianbrewers.be/en/events/belgian-beer-weekend-171/) starts on the afternoon of Friday 6 Sept 2019 with the traditional celebration of Saint-Arnould, Patron Saint of Brewers, and a consecration of the beer organised by the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle, in the Saint Michael and Gudula Cathedral. On the Saturday, a special procession of historical brewery carts and beer wagons takes place through the streets of Brussels. The revelry continues Sunday with bands and brewer confraternities parading through Brussels.

Wanderlust Craft Beer Festival – 14-15 September 2019 Vismet Square, St Catherines, Brussels

This festival (https://www.beerproject.be/en/wanderlust-3/) brings together 15 artisanal breweries from Europe, the United States and Asia in a festive atmosphere at an exclusive secret location. Organised by the craft brewery, Brussels Beer Project.

Kookeet – 27-29 September 2019 – Bruges

This is one of Bruges’ largest gastronomic events. 32 chefs, from Bruges, participating in this festival are closing their restaurant for the weekend and setting up temporary kitchens at the festival. Visitors can compile their own menu by choosing from a wide range of different dishes, and all at their own pace. The festival however will take on a new incarnation in 2020 and this is the last year that Kookeet (http://www.kookeet.be) will take place in the same format. In 2021 a new culinary experience will take place.

Modeste Beer Festival, Antwerp – 5-6 October 2019

The Modeste Beer Festival (http://www.antwerpsbiercollege.be/ModesteBierFestival) pays a tribute to Modeste Van den Bogaert. He joined the De Koninck Brewery just after the war and after his father’s untimely death, led the brewery for more than 50 years. Only a small selection of  Belgian brewers are invited to this festival  but the festival also includes cheese and beer pairing with the De Tricht cheese shop and various other activities during the festival. 25 modern family breweries will be presenting their beers at the event. Entrance is free with tastings costing between €1-2 per glass.

Hasselt Jenever Festival – 20-21 October 2019 – Hasselt

During the third weekend in October, jenever (gin) flows freely in the centre of Hasselt for its annual Jenever Festival (https://www.jeneverfeesten.be). On the Saturday, drinks are courtesy of the 'Borrel Man' who “changes” water into jenever! On the Sunday, the traditional waiter competition is held with dozens of waiters running through the city where the winner receives a prize of his/her weight in gin! A full schedule of events is planned for the entire two days.