8 ways to enjoy local produce from Brabant
Brabant is the place to be when it comes to enjoying life the way it was meant to be enjoyed as well as enjoying great food. Delicious and sustainable food. Preferably locally grown. That's handy - as Brabant has access to some really wonderful ingredients, straight from the ground or out of the water. From fresh fruit, asparagus, and anchovies to tea and even caviar. In short, if you love food, you'll love Brabant. Come and try some of the delicious produce Brabant is famous for, and enjoy all that Brabant has to offer.
1. On the hunt for anchovies
Ever tried anchovies from Brabant? Yes, we mean that delicious salty fish. In the Netherlands, it's now only caught in Brabant, in Bergen op Zoom. What better way to enjoy it than during a trip to the fishing weir? A visit to the fishing weir (between May and early July) is a unique opportunity to experience the traditional way of catching anchovies - using nets.
2. Trying local produce from Brabant en route
Discovering our local produce en route is best done by bike. It's the perfect way to enjoy the hospitality that Brabant is famous for, soaking up the atmosphere on a pavement cafe. There are various routes you can take to enjoy local produce. Some you can bike along all year round, others are seasonal. For instance, you can download the Proef de smaak van de Peel (Experience the taste of de Peel) route for free; on Thursday 10th May (Ascension Day) you can join the Meilust Asparagus bike touralong the Brabantse Wal, and on Pentecost on Sunday 20th May, you can take part in the "our countryside" route in the Land van Cuijk. If you prefer to enjoy the local produce on foot, we can recommend the Picnic route in Oosterhout.
3. Taste Sensation - Deurne
Om Sunday 26th August, the culinary TasteSensation festival will take place in the centre of Deurne. Come and take a look around, taste and enjoy delicious snacks, healthy food innovations, and unique dishes from local and regional producers. During the Taste Sensation festival, the winners of the Taste Sensation Chefs Battle will also be announced, and you'll be able to see, smell and of course taste the future of our food for yourself.
4. Tradition in Maashorst
As well as experiencing nature, cultural history and archaeology, 'Oerlekker' in Maashorst is an event not to be missed. Visit regional markets, enjoy delicious tastings, or follow pop-up routes visiting artisanal producers along the way. During this multi-day festival, you'll also get to know the beautiful countryside that makes Maashorst so special.
5. Philips Fruit Garden
Almost 90 years ago, Anton Philips came up with the brilliant idea of developing a huge fruit garden in Eindhoven. The Philips Fruit Garden is now a twelve-hectare apple, pear and plum orchard. Tip: in the modern Pancake Restaurant, you can enjoy a pancake (with fruit of course!) but also a wonderful view over the orchard. In the Farm Shop you can also buy a huge range of artisanal products from the area.
6. Enjoy "Een Goei Leven" (A Good Life)
Do you too want to experience "Een Goei Leven"? This year in the Land van Cuijk, in addition to lots of events and activities, there are also several packages on offer to allow you to experience the Good Life. You could take a tour of different food companies and try some delicious treats on the weekend of 13th and 14th October. You'll prepare a wonderful three-course dinner with local produce, all under the guidance of a chef. You'll spend the night in a special location. You'll enjoy the unique Wagyu Experience. And you'll visit the Pluk & Oogstfeest (Harvest Festival) in and around Tongelaar Castle in Mill. That's how a package becomes a complete experience.
7. 100% experience: De Santspuy wine and asparagus farm
If you book an excursion at De Santspuy wine and asparagus farm in Etten-Leur and get Gilbert Sweep as your guide, you're one lucky person. That's our experience at least. He really lets you experience the story of the company he owns with his wife Loes, all about picking asparagus and plucking grapes. It's all about the good things in life. Day trips, picking asparagus, pruning grape vines, and tasting their homemade liqueurs and wines; here it's all possible. Do book ahead though, as there is a lot of interest in this gem of nature.
8. B&B? Box&Breakfast!
People in Boxtel think we tend to be a little dozy. That we do too much on autopilot. That's why they're so keen to step off the beaten track. Literally. They think outside of the box. Figuratively. From the beginning of June, Boxtel is keen to increase our focus on a healthy and nutritious breakfast, made using local products and presented in an original way. Combined with a night in a see-through box, in the middle of the countryside, no hustle and bustle, no neighbours, no traffic, no wifi: Box & Breakfast. Back to basics. Experience ancient times. You'll wake up in the middle of Het Groene Woud (The Green Forest). With peace all around, and a rare chance to see flora and fauna undisturbed.