Last Saturday we lived a great A Taste of Belgium edition 2019. It turned out to be a success and an incredible achievement, therefore, we would like to say a big “Thank you to you all” and share our experiences .
Being the president of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Cape Town, it was heart-warming to see so many volunteers dedicating their time to ensure a successful event. It is even more inspiring to see how committed each and every one still is helping our association going strong.
This celebration of the Belgian culture through food, drinks, kids activities, flea market, music and languages has stood the test, and we are happy to call the Belgian Residence in Cape Town our new home for the “A Taste Of Belgium” celebration. Such an event is a real opportunity for our traders, members of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Cape Town, to promote their business, to create bigger visibility and gain clients.
It was an unexpected success indeed, with more than 3000 visitors joining on this Belgian celebration.. The number of visitors to this free event exceeded all expectations, went beyond imagination, which resulted in long queues at the food stalls. Due to this, it took many a lot of patience on their discovery for Belgian food, but be assured, we are currently working to improve this for the next edition.
I wish to thank the board members of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce, for making this event happen, for their efforts and sacrifices made these past few weeks. Gino Adriaensen from “Wicked Waffle SA” for taking care of all the vendors and logistics, Lies Deneys from “Pajot Bakery” for the administration, Dirk Durnez from Art@Africa for all artwork inside and outside, Simon Van Laar from “Fragile Projects“ for all possible publicity and promotional work , Jeff Georges from “WEBEGAN“ for his creativity on the web and the newsletter, and Dimitri Stroinovsky and Julie Morelle for the support on the spot.
Thank you to all vendors – we know you did your utmost to keep everyone happy, even though it was not always easy. Your input to have a steady flow of clients going and avoiding the long queues is also much appreciated. Great vibes though thanks to sponsor SAB-INBEV for its contribution to have the Nomadic Orchestra moving the crowd and creating ongoing energy throughout the evening.
A good collaboration with the Belgica Cape Club made a successful flea market possible, it’s amazing to see many of us still like to browse and look for that one specific item that might be hidden somewhere..
A major thank you to Consul Karl Stouthuysen and his team ensuring the Belgian residence was ready to host A Taste of Belgium, for his confidence in the Belgian Chamber of Commerce to organize the event and to provide logistic support when and where needed..
And last but not the least, thank you – dear visitor – for your presence and participation. Without your support, it would not have been such a success. We thank you for so many wonderful, positive comments, and have taken all advice into account as well.
Looking forward to welcoming you again on our future events!
Kind Belgian regards,