All year: Celebrate Brussels' culinary heritage
May 23, 2012
Every three years, Brussels, Belgium, chooses a theme to promote itself as a travel destination. In 2012, the city celebrates its culinary heritage in an initiative called Brusselicious.
Whether your taste runs to grabbing a quick bite from a street vendor or dining in a high-end restaurant, the organizers have gone all out to make it easy for visitors to experience the best food the city has to offer, whatever their budget.
Start your culinary tour of the city at the tourist office, where 50 euro cents will get you a map pointing to the city’s best stops for pastry and chocolate, typical food joints or dining spots to please even the most true-blue gourmet.
From June 22 through Sept. 21, giant sculptures of the foods that typify Brussels will pop up on city streets and squares — imagine the photo op presented by a huge Brussels sprout installation.
On Sundays between June 3 and Sept. 16, enjoy a “piQniQ” in a park inside city limits or one of the suburbs. Pick up a ready-made basket of treats for two, including salad, salami, cheese, wine and water, for 12 euros; alternately, pick up your nibbles on site at the park.
A special tram has been outfitted to give diners an unusual experience as they glide through city streets. Onboard, renowned chefs dish up their takes on traditional Belgian dishes, using local produce and seasonal ingredients. A two-hour ride, along with a full-course lunch or dinner, goes for 75 euros. Organizers note that the tram is popular, so check regularly for seating possibilities at www.visitbrussels.be/bitc/BE_en/brusselicious.do.
To really soar to new heights, experience Dinner in the Sky. From June 4 through July 1, diners can experience a full-course meal prepared by one of Brussels’ most prominent chefs while dangling high in the air above one of the city’s landmarks. An open pavilionlike structure attached to a crane will serve as your dining room.
At 250 euros per seating, it’s not something most of us would do every day, but it would definitely make for a memory. Just choose your dining companion wisely, as it won’t be easy to walk out on him or her.
And, for obvious reasons, go easy on the drinks!