9th Annual Fall Belgian Fest
The area’s biggest and best celebration of Belgian heritage is back in the Quad Cities! Take a trip to the heart of Moline Illinois, for some Olde Towne Flemish fun this weekend at the Fall Belgian Fest!
The 9th Annual Fall Belgian Fest returns to Stephens Park (7th Street and 15th Avenue Moline) TODAY, Sunday Sep 18 from 12 – 4 p.m. Admission is free to all!
The Fall Belgian Fest, formerly known as the Fall Flemish Fest, is sponsored and organized by the Center for Belgian Culture. Bill Cornelis, President of CBC and organizer of the Fall Belgian Fest shares, “Many of the Belgian Community came to Moline, after World War II to begin a new life. They came here with nothing but a dream. They didn’t ask for much. They only asked for an opportunity to work hard, raise a family, and thank the good Lord in Church. This is our heritage. We owe it to them to preserve it.”
This year’s Fall Belgian Fest is filled to brim with fun and exciting cultural activities, music, food, drinks and more!
•It wouldn’t be a Belgian celebration without a Rolle Bolle Tournament now, would it? Rolle Bolle, a favored past time in the Belgian community consists of a beveled bolle rolled between stakes (30 feet apart). As the bolle slows down, it turns into the stake and comes to rest. The bolle(s) that are closest to the stake scores!
The Fall Belgian Fest Rolle Bolle Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. As many players as possible are welcome! If you are interested in participating, simply show up prior to 11 a.m. with your bolle, and teams will be drawn. If you’re curious about the game but not feeling competitive, the first two courts of Rolle Bolle will be open and available to anyone who would like to pick up a bolle and try it out.
•The Happy Belgians will kick off the festivities at 12 p.m. Immediately following their performance, The Gray Wolf Band will take the stage for your listening and dancing pleasure.
•Connect with your inner Belgian with a famous Center for Belgium Culture Waffle (with all the fixins), a Belgian Brat from DeBord Catering, or a hot steamy VandeRueben from Belgian Village Inn – and wash it down with a Stella Artois, Belgian Wheat or Bud Light!
•The real MVP’s of the Fall Belgian Fest, the Belgian Draft Horses, will also be in attendance. These majestic creatures, provided by Doug and Dianne Smith of Fairfield Iowa, steal the show and also provide carriage rides! Riders are $2 per person or $5 per family.
•Belgian Lace Makers will also be available, showing off their amazing talent.
•Don’t forget to purchase your annual Fall Belgian Fest t-shirt, with a new design and look for $20 each or $25 for sizes 2XL or bigger.
The Center for Belgian Culture, established to preserve and share the proud Belgian heritage, began this Fall Belgian Fest to keep the Belgian culture alive in future generations. “Many people involved with the Center for Belgian Culture are getting older. We need younger people that have Belgian ancestry to step up to the plate and get involved with preserving their heritage,” President Cornelis states. The organization has been greatly increasing their footprint in the community – through not only this festival, but the monthly Belgian Waffle Breakfast, scholarships to local students and more. They plan to add more events throughout the year as well. If community members are interested in joining the CBC’s mission, it only cost $35 a year to be a member. For more information, visit www.belgianmuseumquadcities.org/.
For more information on the festival, including upcoming events, visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FallFlemishFest/.
The Flemish fun will be flowing today at Stephens Park in Moline. Don’t miss out on this experience!