The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss on Sunday, August 15, 2021, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A kermiss is a traditional harvest festival that is open to the whole community featuring Belgian food, beer, music, and camaraderie.
The popular variety band, Mad Cats, will be providing their mix of country, rock and pop music from 11:00 to 3:00. Antique farm implement demonstrations will be showcased to illustrate life on the farm.
History buffs may view the Belgian Heritage Center’s exhibits as well as take a guided tour of the historic 1894 schoolhouse located on the BHC campus.
There will be a raffle and silent auction which provides an opportunity to win a variety of gifts all donated by local businesses and individuals who are committed to the mission of preserving the area’s unique Belgian heritage.
The Belgian food served will include booyah, trippe (a Belgian sausage similar to a bratwurst), hamburgers, jutt, Belgian pies, tortes, and old fashioned ice-cream made on site by using the power drive on a tractor. In addition to the regular selection of beer served, the Kermiss will feature brews from two of the area’s craft breweries, Thumb Knuckle and Noble Roots. All proceeds will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center and its ongoing projects.
Kermisses were traditionally celebrated in each small community in the Belgian settlement on consecutive weeks beginning before Labor Day and extending into October. The celebration would begin with a Catholic Mass followed by gatherings in the homes, taverns and dancehalls. Relatives and friends would come from all the neighboring areas to partake of the abundance of food, especially huge numbers of Belgian pies.
The Belgian Heritage Center is located at 1255 County Road DK, Brussels (on the curve in Namur near the historical markers). For more information on the Belgian Heritage Center you may visit www.belgianheritagecenter.org.
Belgian Heritage Center
1255 County DK
Brussels, Wisconsin 54204