The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss Aug. 20, 11 am – 4 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 provide their mix of country, rock and pop music from 12 – 4 pm. There will be an antique farm implement display and guided tours of the nearby Belgian American Clubhouse which was formerly a Catholic school and convent.
There will be a special presentation by Michel Poulain, Emeritus Professor from Catholic University in Louven, Belgium will speak on “When Walloon pioneers emigrated to Wisconsin” at 12:30 pm.
New for this year are juried craft booths. The large bucket raffle 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 pie, tortes, and old-fashioned ice cream made on site by using the power drive on a tractor. All proceeds will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center and its ongoing projects.
The Belgian Heritage Center is located at 1255 County Road DK, Brussels. For more information visit belgianheritagecenter.org.