Always on the look out for new foodie (and fun) spots around Brussels, the Boeremet (farmers’ market) in Anderlecht has been on my list to try for a little while. So last night I convinced the husband to brave the intermittent, torrential downpours and drive across town to sample whatever the market had to offer.
De Boeremet is held every Thursday from 3pm to about 8pm in the market hall at the Anderlecht slaughter houses (Abattoir). Having never been before and not knowing the neighborhood very well, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect. But as often in Brussels, we found a cozy and cheerful atmosphere hidden inside an unassuming location.
Relatively new, Boeremet brings together some 30 local producers and traders to sell their products and produce, as well as offer tastings and a little bit of entertainment on the side. The vendors are set up in a u-shape display with a bar, DJ, tables and a couple of warm fire pits at one end. The crowd is a bit different from what you’d find at Chatelain on Wednesdays – mixed ages, mostly Belgian and a bit more relaxed. By the time we arrived around 6:30, there was already a good gathering of people drinking, eating and having a good time.
We enjoyed a nice glass of cremant and plate of sliced charcuterie with melon from La Ferme Alsacienne stand run by two French guys now living in Brussels. I got to talking to one of them who mentioned they are opening a new shop and tapas bar in the Schuman area soon which I’ll be curious to check out.
I’m not one to usually have frites, but we of course had to sample them from the Manneke Frite van for the sake of the blog. They were delicious and came in a clever cone with a built-in sauce holder at the top!
Other food for sale included fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats, snails, grilled shrimp, olives and tapenades, honey, waffles and crepes and more. The vendors were extremely friendly and happy to explain their products, all of which are locally sourced or organic.
There is free parking available in front of the market (entrance between the two large bull statues) or you can take the metro to Clemenceau. Check out their Facebook page for latest news and pictures.
Boeremet is definitely a nice way to spend a Thursday evening and escape the EU bubble that many of us find ourselves trapped in all week long. Plus it’s covered so you don’t have to worry about the rain!
24 Rue Ropsy Chaudron, 1070 Anderlecht
Tel: +32 2 521 54 19
Wishing you all a great weekend and happy eating 🙂