BRUSSELS, Belgium – At the eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX gastronomic festival, taking place in the Parc de Bruxelles from 8 to 11 September 2016, it will be all about tasting delicious food and enjoying the diversity of Bordeaux wines. The festival attendees who are eager to expand their knowledge will have to opportunity to learn how to handle pans and fresh products at the Mmmmh! workshops, to be initiated into the secrets of Bordeaux wines at the wine school or to attend an exceptional session dedicated to wine tasting of prestigious top ranked wines which are among Grand Crus Classés.
To unwind after a long week, eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX offers a chance to luxuriate by strolling from gourmet booth to wine stand. Going beyond culinary discoveries, workshops allow each visitor to become a participant in the event. It’s a unique opportunity to cook and learn in the exceptional setting of the Parc de Bruxelles.
An Mmmmh! counter will arrange cooking classes throughout this weekend dedicated to the culinary arts. Whether they are beginners or seasoned veterans, apprentices will have the chance to discover different types of traditional or creative cuisine from here and elsewhere.
Indeed, whether they are preparing an elaborate meal for honoured guests or an original meal for family or friends, visitors will be able to find something for every palate.
This year, the workshops are offering something new: Alex Joseph (Rouge Tomate), Ugo Federico (Racines), and Karen Torosyan (Bozar Brasserie), some of the great Brussels chefs from eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX, will also share their culinary secrets with festival-goers.
Children, accompanied by their parents, will also have a chance to attend the workshops in order to get a taste for cooking and become budding chefs.
The Bordeaux wine school workshops
During the festival, the Bordeaux School of Wine pavilion is the place to be for newcomers and seasoned pros who love wine and great food. Once again this year, the School’s renowned workshops will be part of eat. BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX. On the agenda: Bordeaux food and wine pairing, introduction to Bordeaux wines, Bordeaux white wines, Right Bank/Left Bank…
For foodies: a totally new workshop in Brussels for wine and gourmet cuisine under the direction of Nicolas Nguyen Van Hai, chef at Le Chapon Fin, an historic Bordeaux restaurant. The workshops are led by Belgian trainers accredited by the Bordeaux School of Wine and are offered in French, Dutch, and/or English.
A “Bordeaux wine workshop” ticket included in the Wine Pass allows visitors to participate in a workshop.
The Bordeaux « Masterclasses »
For the first time this year, the festival offers to take wine-lovers on a journey through the most prestigious Bordeaux wines during two “Masterclasses.”
The first session will be devoted to the Great Vintages designated in 1855 (including a tasting of an assortment of five Médocs and two Sauternes), and the second will focus on introducing participants to the Ranked Great Vintages from Graves (including a tasting of seven red and white wines). Great Vintage owners will offer their comments during the sessions which will calibrate even the most delicate of palettes and refine the knowledge of the most discriminating experts.
The “Masterclasses” will be offered in a small group in the BIP’s Salle des Guichets, across from the Parc de Bruxelles.