Celebrate Belgian Restaurant Week With These Events

Hit up beer dinners, mussel competitions, and more.

By: Anna Spiegel

Bastille Day brought plenty of Francophile activities to Washington this weekend, but the Belgians are one-upping their neighbors with Belgian Restaurant Week. Party like a Walloon with a different event for every day.

Fuel Up on Monday
You may not catch the chefs as they bike to farms and markets for special produce, but you can literally sample the fruits of their labor at Tour of Belgium beer dinners. Tonight’s is at Et Voila! with dishes and beers from the Bavik region, while a lineup from Ghent is rolled out tomorrow at Granville Moore’s. The full week’s schedule is available online.

Snag Discounted Mussels and Brews on Tuesday
Come hungry to eateries such as Marvin, Belga Cafe, and Brasserie Beck, which are serving half-price bowls of mussels and discount brews.

Expand Your Chalice Collection on Wednesday
Chimay celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, so it’s feeling pretty generous: Glasses of Rouge, Bleue, and Blanche are served in collector glasses you can take home. Alternatively, head to Locolat for a beer, chocolate, and Genever tasting.

Drown Your Sorrows on Thursday
There’re plenty of beer events going down towards the end of the week, including a four-course beer dinner at Brasserie Beck, and Hoegaarden floats at Belga Cafe.

Party in White on Friday
Get dressed in all white and head to any participating bar for citrusy white brews.

Attend a Moules Throwdown on Saturday
Cap off the festivities on Belgium’s independence day at Yards Park from noon to 5 PM, where chefs show their mussels to compete for the winning pot of bivalves. If you’ve missed all the events this week, here’s a good chance to catch a bunch of dishes in one place, with plenty of waffles, frites, beer-based floats, and flowing brews.