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Where nature and pleasure meet

The High Fens are in a region where nature and enjoyment meet. The people are imbued with Belgian savoir-vivre. They know how to enjoy life. So it's no surprise that there's a big range of gastronomic amenities for visitors.

 

Gastronomy in the High Fens

 

In addition to the pure enjoyment of nature, the High Fens also offer a wide range of gastronomic delights. The "Produits artisanales" (regional products) always play a special role, because traditional dishes are one of the trademarks of the region between the Eifel and the Ardennes. The specialities include delicious game pâtés and sausage preparations, Original Ardennes ham, Eifel rye bread, jams and pastries with local fruit, the finest Belgian chocolates, high-quality brandies made from grain and fruit, Belgian beer specialities, trout and regional honey.

In many cases, the cooking style is inspired by the refinement of French haute cuisine. Yet, in addition to Belgian and French influences, the influence of German cuisine is also unmistakable. It is not unusual, for instance, to find Belgian chicory dishes and schnitzel or sauerbraten combined on one menu. In case, you made a family excursion: no worries, everyone will be fed, as Belgian fries are omnipresent. Moreover, there are very good offers in every price range from fast food to star cuisine.

In autumn, a gastronomic excursion to the High Fens is particularly rewarding. At this time of the year, fresh game dishes are on the menu in most restaurants in the region. You will find delicacies such as pheasant breast strips in chestnut cream, saddle of hare with red cabbage or venison calf fillet with pumpkin puree. The dishes are often offered in smaller or larger autumn game menus at appealing prices.

Game is often combined with various mushroom dishes, which can also be found in the forests of the High Fens at this time of the year. As side dish, you will find heartily prepared regional vegetables such as red cabbage and celeriac. Cranberries and apple jelly are also among the side dishes. The butcher's shops around the High Fens offer fresh game pâtés, terrines, ham and sausages.


 

Restaurants in the area