The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss – a traditional harvest celebration that’s open to the community, featuring Belgian food, beer, music and camaraderie – on Aug. 18, 11 am – 4 pm.
Kermisses were traditionally celebrated in each small community in the Belgian settlement beginning before Labor Day and extending into October. The celebrations began with a Catholic mass, followed by gatherings to enjoy an abundance of food and especially Belgian pies.
At this Belgian Kermiss, Mad Cats will play its mix of country, rock and pop music, 11 am – 3 pm. There will also be local craft vendors, a bucket raffle, live auction, antique farm-implement display and demonstration, and visitors can visit the Belgian Heritage Center (belgianheritagecenter.org).
The food includes booyah, trippe (a Belgian sausage similar to a bratwurst), hamburgers, jutt, Belgian pies, tortes and old-fashioned ice cream made on site. Brews from the area’s Thumb Knuckle and Noble Roots craft breweries will also be served. All proceeds benefit the Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 Cty DK in Brussels.