Wallonia, with its abundance of deep rivers, game-filled forests and vast orchards, offers a varied culinary palette of quality produce.
History has played a part in it too. Occupiers from all over Europe (Gauls, Romans, Spaniards, Burgundians, Germans etc), along with immigrant labourers who mostly came to work in the mines, have all left their mark on the region. Their traditional dishes and drinks, adapted to suit the local terrain, have been incorporated into Belgian cuisine and reinvented.
To taste the food and drink of Wallonia is to gain a deeper understanding of the region, its roots and origins.
A journey through the flavours of Wallonia
Here’s a selection of regional products that will take you on a journey through the flavours of Wallonia:
- Beer - because Wallonia is one of the regions of the world which has the widest variety of beers.
- Chocolate - with the great chocolatiers who became ambassadors abroad such as Galler and Darcis.
- Frites – Its legendary frites stalls with so many different sauces : a must for every visitor
- Waffles - represented by the famous Liège waffle (not to be confused with the Brussels waffle).
- Cheeses - each more tasty than the last, with varieties to rival those produced in France.
- Salted meats from the Ardennes, such as Ardennes ham, have a long-established reputation.
- Water - known and appreciated for its health benefits, sourced and bottled in Spa and Chaudfontaine.
- Sweet treats – from macaroons to pastries, there’s something for everyone with a sweet tooth.
- Licquers our brandies include Peket and Eau de Villée and now its very own whisky too.
- Pastries – sweet or savoury, they’re given pride of place in the windows of our tempting patisseries.