<p>From 18 to 21 August 2016, Antwerp will be celebrating the tenth edition of the Bollekes Festival. What began in 2007 as a culinary festival has grown into a fully-fledged town festival that showcases all of Antwerp’s assets, past and present. Enjoy four days of the best the city has to offer: regional products such as beer and chocolate, combined with music by Antwerp artists and a pleasant summer atmosphere. Below, we have listed ten highlights from the programme for you:</p>
Enjoy the local treats from the local produce market. Taste an Antwerp beer, local top-class wine or a cooled drink. Or try one of our typical Antwerp dishes! You can come every day to enjoy all those goodies on the large, green terrace on the Groenplaats and Suikerrui.
Every day, several local artists add extra cheer to the Bollekes Festival with famous – and sometimes infamous – sing-alongs. Come along to the Market Square on Thursdays from 7 p.m., on Friday from 4 p.m., on Saturday from 6:15 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 p.m. On Saturday, the whole family is invited to the Market Square for the children's disco from 2.30 p.m.
On Steenplein, you can smell the sea and that is not just down to the nearby Scheldt. While you tuck into your purchases from the fish and shellfish market, children have fun on the Steenplein beach. On Friday and Saturday, you can come and share in the fun from 1 p.m. to 12 a.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ten years of Bollekes Festival cannot go unnoticed. Come and celebrate with family and friends. The Bollekes are on ice on Friday evening between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the Market Square.
Traditions are there to be upheld. That is how the Antwerp Bakery Federation is sharing out no fewer than 15,000 chocolate hands. Catch as many as you can (eat)! So hurry on down to the Market Square at 7.30 p.m. on Friday evening.
At the Antwerp flea market ‘BrocAntwerpen’, you are bound to discover unusual objects that have sentimental value, ranging from furniture, dolls, movie posters, clothing, handbags, matchboxes, stamps and much more. For this, we use the Vrijdagmarkt on the Saturday from 12.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Ten years of Bollekes Festival, that deserves a proper bang. At 10.30 p.m. on Saturday evening, when dusk falls, Steenplein is the backdrop to a magical fireworks.
The Antwerp bakers are burning the midnight oil on Saturday night to prepare the ideal Antwerp breakfast. All you have to do is turn up on Sunday morning and enjoy. The breakfast takes place at the Suikerrui from 10 a.m. until stocks last.
A piñata is a brightly coloured figure of paper in which surprises are hidden. Especially in Latin American countries, it is a tradition at festivals. What is hidden in the Bollekes piñata? Come and find out at the Market Square at 12 a.m. on Sunday.
Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Ernest Van Dijck quay turns into Boulevard 175. Here, several Antwerp communities entice you with the strangest, most colourful and delicious dishes from all over the world.
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Most people usually associate Belgium with an amazing array of excellent beers and world-renowned chocolate. Not the most evident of combinations but they do go well together. Following in the footsteps of the renowned cheesemongers' Van Tricht, the young chocolate maker Jitsk Heyninck recently moved into the buildings of the De Koninck city brewery.
Shorter days and longer nights… Yes, autumn is here. But don’t worry, because in Antwerp we always make sure that every day and every night is simply unforgettable, with fun parties in unexpected places, concerts in palaces and exhibitions and culinary highlights in the city centre. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, we have another surprise up our sleeve for you. Book the Discover Antwerp package, spend the night in Antwerp and make the most of your stay with the Antwerp City Card that is included.
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Every city has its own traditional delicacies. So does Antwerp: the handjes, a bolleke, and filet d’Anvers. But Antwerp has many more culinary indulgences in store for you. Your guide will take you to the most beautiful and tastiest spots in the city. It’s lip-smacking good.
Nothing is more fun than a market.You get a taste of the city and its local offerings.Antwerp has several weekly and monthly markets spread all over the city.They’re highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Antwerp.
Check the Visit Antwerp Guide for more info about the nicest attractions, the best events, the most delicious Antwerp specialities, tips from Antwerp locals… In short, everything you need for an unforgettable visit to Antwerp. For sale at the visitor centres of Visit Antwerpen at Grote Markt and Central Station.
There is a shorter gastronomic tour for those who like to enjoy in moderation. A fun tour past Antwerp’s tastiest spots and the perfect introduction to savoury and sweet pleasure in the city.
The secret Vlaeykensgang alley dates from 1591 and connects Hoogstraat, Oude Koornmarkt Pelgrimstraat with one another. Walk through the gate at Oude Koornmarkt 16 and you feel as if you have journeyed back in time. In the past this alley was where the shoemakers and the poorest people in the city lived. The shoemakers were also in charge of sounding the alarm bell of the cathedral. These days you can find antiques stores and art galleries here as well as the exclusive restaurant Sir Anthony Van Dyck. The atmosphere is very intimate which is why many people also like to come here to listen to the carillon concerts during the summertime.