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The eat!BRUSSELS festival was first held in 2012, when it received 25,000 visitors. Now, every year for four days, 30 Brussels restaurant owners come together to share their knowledge and passion for quality products. The creative inspiration behind European, African, Asian, Oriental, French and Belgian restaurants and products surprises and delights visitors.

This September’s eat!BRUSSELS festival will feature some Gallic flair, as the festival is joining forces with Bordeaux Fête le Vin, which was founded in 1998 by Alain Juppé.

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This joint undertaking reinforces the ‘entente cordiale’ between the Belgian culinary scene and the wines of Bordeaux.

Belgians consume an average of some 30 litres of wine a year and Belgium is the third largest export market for Bordeaux wines – which saw a five per cent increase in volume and a 20 per cent increase in value in 2012. brussels Smith

From September 11 to 14, more than 50 wine producers and merchants from Bordeaux will act as hosts in seven special tasting pavilions in Brussels’ Bois de la Cambre Park – Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur, Côtes de Bordeaux, Médoc & Graves, Saint-Emilion-Pomerol-Fronsac, Sweet Bordeaux, Bordeaux Sparkling Wines, and Bordeaux Dry Whites and Rosés. As at Bordeaux’s Fête le Vin, different tasting packages will be available to the public in the form of passports.