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SPICY is really hot

Updated on December 24, 2013

Colorful Culinairy Festival in Maasmechelen

Oh yes..."SPICY"...is indeed "hot" in Maasmechelen (village in north-eastern part of Belgium), where the group "Maasmechelen Leisure Valley" organizes this event yearly, already for the third time in a row. It is always somewhere at the end of august or beginning of september, some kind of celebrating the end of summer vacation. This year, it was in september 7th-9th, in the Village Festival Area. More than 10,000 visitors enjoy this "tastiest and most enjoyable festival" in the valley of the "Meuse" (Maas), the border area with the Netherlands.

Several local restaurant owners, but also different associations present small culinary snacks. During all those days, there is also a varied cultural program of dance and music groups. In all the stands you can taste various delicacies, presented by top gastronomic restaurants, but also by different cultural groups, living in this community. My "Slovenian community" is also participating every year. In fact, there are two Slovenian Communities (Slomsek, and Sv. Barbara), so both are participating together. For this year they invited the Folklore Group Skofja Loka from Slovenia, to participate in the cultural program and to represent the Slovenian culture (dance folklore). It's one of the most "coziest" festivals in this region. Many tastes - many cultures - many colors.

Gastronomy and International Cuisine

All those years, "the Ambassador" of this culinary festival is: top masterchef Alex Clevers (restaurant Vivendum). He is presenting on this festival top dishes in cooperation with different local restaurants, and promoting local specialties.

But also different cultural associations, living and integrated in this village already for decades, are presenting their best dishes from mothers kitchen: Turkey, Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Slovenia...

So during this 3-day-tasty-festival, you can also enjoy a cultural program with several performing groups. The whole-day programs are also filled by different cultural groups, representing music, folklore, dance from their mother country. The Slovenian Group invited for this occasion the Slovenian Folklore Group from Skofja Loka.

So if you put the question, "what is happening NOW" in this local community of Maasmechelen? today? This is it. It isn't just happening NOW, this festival. But it "happened" in the beginning of September this year. But it is a fact. It is happening "every day". We live already for many generations all together in "peace", as loyal local citizens, as brothers. And yes. Maasmechelen (about 35,000 residents), is counting more then 20 nationalities, and 75% have some foreign blood in their vains. So, we are a "mixed community". And just THIS is happening NOW. Every day. And I'm proud to be "one" of them.

Enjoy the few following YouTube productions, showing "Spicy" from different years.

SPICY Maasmechelen

SPICY Maasmechelen (2010)

MasterChef Cookbook

MasterChef Cookbook
MasterChef Cookbook

Cook, culinary producer, and author, JoAnn Cianciulli (chan-chew-lee) has become known as one of the culinary industry's top insiders.

 

SPICY Maasmechelen (2011)

Would you visit a Culinary Festival?

Yes - for sure, if it is a local happening, where I live

Yes - for sure, if it is a local happening, where I live

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    • nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Definitely - delicious food and a great atmosphere!

    • LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Sure I would visit a Culinary Festival. Even when traveling for business, if I know there is one I try to arrange my schedule so to have time to visit it.

    • poldepc lm 4 years ago

      I love visiting local happenings, festivals, festivities and so on...to meet people of my village; also such tasty festivals are "cozy"...

    No - never; I would rather visit a good restaurant

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      Culinary Festival : SPICY Maasmechelen - A few pictures

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      An audience of more then 10,000 visitors, enjoying different tastesDance performances from different countriesDelicacies from different kitchensMost of the cultures in Maasmechelen are representedYummy delicious sweets too...Everybody is proud of their own home kitchen in the country from which they are descendingTop masterchef Alex Clevers demonstrating local gastronomyHappy tasting visitorsThe Slovenian participants, presenting Slovenian delicacies
      An audience of more then 10,000 visitors, enjoying different tastes
      An audience of more then 10,000 visitors, enjoying different tastes
      Dance performances from different countries
      Dance performances from different countries
      Delicacies from different kitchens
      Delicacies from different kitchens
      Most of the cultures in Maasmechelen are represented
      Most of the cultures in Maasmechelen are represented
      Yummy delicious sweets too...
      Yummy delicious sweets too...
      Everybody is proud of their own home kitchen in the country from which they are descending
      Everybody is proud of their own home kitchen in the country from which they are descending
      Top masterchef Alex Clevers demonstrating local gastronomy
      Top masterchef Alex Clevers demonstrating local gastronomy
      Happy tasting visitors
      Happy tasting visitors
      The Slovenian participants, presenting Slovenian delicacies
      The Slovenian participants, presenting Slovenian delicacies

      SPICY Maasmechelen #3 (2012) - The Slovenian Folklore Group SKOFJA LOKA

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @nifwlseirff: thanks for your visit and nice comment

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          nifwlseirff 4 years ago

          A food festival dedicated to spicy?! Count me in! If only it was closer to me!

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @LadyDuck: thanks so much for your visit, and for your comment on my lens..

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          LadyDuck 4 years ago

          Your lens is really nice and full of useful pieces of information. I like spicy food and I like to attend culinary festivals.

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          @Melissa Miotke: me too...:)...thx so much for your comment

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          Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

          I love spicy food!