The TASTE of BELGIUM
Seemingly unofficially part of Belgian Restaurant Week, the Taste of Belgium capped off a week of mussels, waffles and beer specials to be had around town.
I was excited to attend this event not only for the culinary offerings but also because of the location at the Yards Park, a location I had not yet had a chance to check out. The white tents looked festive enough and entry was free- a good start so far.
Drink and food tickets were cash only, but a handy ATM machine made getting cash easy for plastic loving people like yours truly. Tickets in hand, we were limited to a selection of 3 beers, a variety of mussels along with ‘frites’ ( note: not ‘french fries’) and waffles. Decent, not amazing.
The beer cups were perhaps the most impressive- logoed, sturdy, nice size= boyfriend approved. We tried the frites from the Belga Cafe stand and loved every delicious golden straw. We weren’t feeling the mussels at that moment, so we opted to try the waffle with our last food tickets in hand.
The waffle looked promising enough with the frothy whipped cream and chocolate drizzle. The taste just didn’t match the look this time- the waffle was at best cardboard like and one bite was sufficient to deem the $4 investment a poor choice: should have had another beer.
On the stage a DJ rocked out and electro synth tunes enveloped the party crowd and boule players. When the rain started, we joined the crowd under the big festival tent while the DJ rocked on and kept our spirits high. The rain abated nobody’s mood and a huge KUDOS to whoever made the executive decision to let the Stella Artois ladies walk around with free beers for the masses under the tent. Clad in glistening rain ponchos they approached each thirsty visitor with a smile and offered ‘ please have a beer as a thank you for staying despite the rain’. Oh yes. We’ll stay. And we’ll come back next year for more, hopefully under the beating sun and for second chance waffles.