Traditional Belgian Kermiss at the Belgian Heritage Center on Sunday, August 18, 2019
The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss on Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. A kermiss is a traditional harvest celebration 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. There will be an antique farm implement display with a live demonstration. In addition to viewing the Belgian Heritage Center’s exhibits, history buffs will be offered guided tours of the historic former school and convent located on the BHC campus.
Area crafters will once again join the festival with a large variety of handmade and home grown local products.
The large bucket raffle and silent auction 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. There will be over 100 prizes in total, including something for everybody with cash, gift certificates, large gift baskets, fishing trips, and Door County arts & crafts.
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, this year’s 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.
You are invited to bring old family and community pictures for volunteers to scan and include in the organization’s collection.
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