Belgium – the homeland of saxophone, Smurfs and Tintin, fabulous laces, Liege and Brussels waffles, fragrant chocolate and special tasting beer.
Belgian culture – is a mixture of the Flemish, French and German cultures, and amazing food is one of the most important parts of the Belgian culture.
Belgian cuisine has been developing under the influence of very different traditions. In the old times, here was a mixture of the Celtic and Roman cuisine traditions, which was supplemented by the Germanic people and later affected by the Burgundian, Spanish, Austrian and French cuisine traditions. Because of permanent disunity into separate feudal nations, Belgium is notable for its regional variety. Each region has its own types of cheese and beer, its own traditional cookies. Quite often the name of a dish has a link to a geographical region. The most important regional cuisine traditions are the Flemish (northwest Belgium), brabantian (central Belgium), Liege (eastern Belgium), Ardennian (southeast Belgium) and some others.