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Why did two of the leading gastronomy events in the world – The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism – choose Flanders as their location in 2021? Because the land of fries, chocolate and beer is one of the newest hotspots on the culinary world map.

Nice to know


The world-famous praline was born in 1857 in a Brussels pharmacy.


Flanders and Brussels boast no fewer than 10,000 cafés and 97 Michelin-starred restaurants.


AB-InBev, the world’s largest brewer, has its headquarters in Leuven.


The Belgian beer culture was recognized by UNESCO as intangible world heritage.

Flemish gastronomy is based on centuries-old traditions. Our chefs skillfully translate these traditions into innovative initiatives, taking into consideration the right balance between local and global. Sustainability and gastronomy go hand in hand.

At the same time, the wider food sector is working towards a more competitive, innovative, and sustainable agro-food industry. In Flanders we look for integrated solutions, innovative value chains, and system innovations in the food system. The focus is on the relationship between nutrition, health, and sustainability.

Enjoying the good life is in the Flemish blood. You will notice this when you host your conference here. Your delegates will not only be amazed by our gastronomy, our variety of beers and famous chocolate, but also by our hospitality and friendliness. Your conference will be warmly welcomed here, and will be supported by gastronomy experts, the business community, the government, and the general public.

Our partners – and consequently potential partners of your conference


Sector Organisations

  • Flanders Food Faculty – network organisation to promote Flanders’ gastronomy
  • Flanders Food – Flanders’ Food Cluster Organisation
  • Horeca Vlaanderen – Hotel, restaurant, and bar federation
  • Brewers of Europe – federation of national brewers’ associations in Europe


Research & education

  • ILVO – Flanders Research Institute for agriculture, fisheries, and food
  • UGent – Food2Know, centre of excellence for feed, food, and health
  • KU Leuven – Food Science and Nutrition Research Center (LFoRCe)
  • UAntwerpen – Research group NatuRa (Natural Products & Food Research and Analysis)
  • VIVES University College – expertise centre for agro- and biotechnology
  • Inagro – knowledge partner for agricultural and horticultural businesses



  • Fevia – Belgian food industry federation
  • Brewers: AB InBev, Duvel Moortgat, Alken-Maes, etc.
  • Chocolate: Callebaut, Côte d’Or, Neuhaus, Leonidas,, etc.



  • Flemish Institute for Healthy Living
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