Antwerp, Belgium’s, Bollekesfeest, first launched as a culinary festival back in 2007, has since evolved into a full-blown summer party with a varied cultural program. The food and drink element of the event remains firmly in place.

The action unfolds across three main areas. At the Market Square, concerts by ska, rap and hip-hop artists take place on Saturday and are capped off by DJs playing house, R & B and other danceable tracks. Sunday’s program features classical music and Belgian soul.

The Steenplein, with its large terrace offering views over the estuary of the River Schelde, is the site of a fish and shellfish market selling seafood to eat on the spot.

Kids can enjoy splashing in a trick fountain, building sand castles or working on crafts projects. The Groenplaats offers a market focusing on regional produce and workshops on dances from the waltz to Argentinian tango. On Sunday, Aug. 20, the first 1500 visitors to turn up on the street called Ernest Van Dijckkaai will be rewarded with a free brunch served from 11 a.m. For an international vibe with souks, an African market and Asian specialties, Boulevard 175 is the place to be.

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