Europe Traveler's event picks for Feb. 1-3
By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: January 28, 2019
Art Truc Troc & Design Fair
Location: Bozar, Ravenstein Street, 23, Brussels, Belgium
Dates: Feb. 1-3 (6 p.m. to 3 a.m. the next day on Feb. 1, 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 3)
At this annual art fair, those who wish to acquire a piece of work from an artist have to put in a little work themselves, for here, transactions take place based on the barter system. More than 300 pieces made by one hundred artists, from paintings to photographs, sculptures, drawings, engravings and other disciplines are on offer -- if the swap is right.
Admission: Bring in two used light bulbs, one old electronic appliance or 10 dead batteries and enter for free.
Pateekes Week/Pastry Week
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: Feb. 1-10
Sample the yummy baked goods for which this diamond of a city is known by dropping by a few of the some 30 patisseries and coffee houses participating in this sweet annual promotion. Your tour begins with the purchase of a book of coupons known as a “Pateekespas,” available at the city’s tourist office at Grote Markt 13 or any of the participating shops. Each coupon can be exchanged for decadent pastries, cups of coffee or tea, or other treats that catch the eye.
Admission: The Pateekespas costs 10 euros.
Jagd und Hunt
Location: Messe Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany
Dates: Jan. 29-Feb. 3 (10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily)
Europe’s largest hunting exhibition offers hundreds of exhibitors with the perfect gear for hunters,dog owners and other lovers of the outdoor sporting life. A side program offers deer-calling championships, hunting horn concerts, live demos of hunting dogs in action, an off-road course and a birds of prey show. A fishing expo and a food festival highlight products made with game meats run simultaneously.
Admission: adult entry costs 16 euros when tickets are purchased online and 19 euros on-site; ages 14-16 pay 10.50/13 euros; ages 6-13 pay 8/10.50 euros.
Location: Kandahar/Kreuzeck, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Dates: Feb. 2-3 (men's downhill 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2: men's slalom 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2)
FIS Ski World Cup races have been held on this notoriously difficult course since 1970. The run is named in honor of Frederick Roberts, a British military leader who returned from Afghanistan as the “Earl of Kandahar.” Some of the world’s best male skiers will be taking to the slopes here. The men’s downhill course was recently modified, and although shorter, it’s more challenging and includes four jumps. “Free Fall,” the steepest section of the course, can now be seen from the grandstand at the finish line.
Admission: Adult tickets for standing room places begin at 23 euros.
Moors and Christians Festival
Location: Bocairent, Valencia, Spain
Dates: Feb. 2-5
On the first week of February each year, Bocairent honors Saint Blai, its patron saint, with a colorful festival made up of parades, pyrotechnics, music and loud bangs. Five groups of “Christians” and four groups of “Moors” participate in the celebrations. Each day of the festival offers its own high point, from the opening of festivities with the Night of the Drums, to the sound of gunpowder being fired off in the streets on the last day of celebrations.