Once again, the ACB offers members and guests a unique opportunity to view the Ommegang procession on the Grand-Place while dining in one of the most elegant restaurants in Brussels.
La Maison du Cygne is housed in a former 17th century guild house that overlooks the Grand-Place. From the balcony and windows of a large private dining room, we will have an unparalleled view of the Ommegang as the pageant unfolds on one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
Menu "Made in Belgium"
(wine, water and coffee included)
Spiced and Marinated Beef Sirloin,
Green Asparagus and Red Beet
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Supreme of Coucou de Malines
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Chocolate and Cuberdon Cake
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Coffee and Biscuits
The Ommegang takes place on Thursday, July 7. Ommegang (literally “walk-around”) is a faithful recreation of a splendid pageant that was first performed in 1549 for Emperor Charles V, his son Philip II, and the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
Staged at night on the illuminated Grand-Place, the two-hour extravaganza includes flag-throwers, folk dancers, archers, acrobats, jesters, jugglers, fire-eaters, falcon-trainers, folkloric giants, stilt-walkers, and the famous Gilles of Binche. Descendants of the nobility of the time play the roles and wear the coats of arms and sumptuous costumes of their ancestors.
This is a spectacular affair, and one of the biggest festivals in the country. Our dinner evening at La Maison du Cygne offers, literally and figuratively, a window on this amazing event. Bring your camera.
Please note that this is a Members Priority event (ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club of Belgium). Non-members may sign up as of June 23.
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016.
- Open cash bar: 7:00 p.m.
- Dinner: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Salon Louis XIV, La Maison du Cygne, Grand-Place (entrance: Rue Charles Buls 2), 1000 Brussels.
Price: €85. ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club members receive a discounted price of €75.
Dress code: Coat and tie requested.
Reservations are due by Monday, July 4 at:
Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Ommegang” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, July 4. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.