eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX festival

Top Brussels chef Alex Joseph is among those due to showcase their talents at his year’s edition of the popular eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX festival.The keenly-awaited event takes place in Brussels from 5-8 September in the Royal Park.

Alex, who is owner and head chef of Rouge Tomate on Avenue Louise, will be taking part in the festival. He will join others in working away at their stoves in their pop-up kitchens to serve up their signature dishes to the public. Alex’s contemporary restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best high-end eateries in the city.

Since Californian chef Alex took over the kitchen there, Rouge Tomate has started to produce sophisticated contemporary cuisine which is constantly developing. Alex won the Benelux 2015 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition and will join other Brussels’ chefs and artisans showing off their culinary skills.

They will each be serving up a signature dish for visitors which sums up their culinary identity for the exclusive price of just 9 euros.


Chef Alex Joseph


About 50 Bordeaux winemakers and traders will also be at the festival to showcase a wide array of wines said to embody the “simplicity, diversity, quality and accessibility” of Bordeaux wines. This the eighth eat! BRUSSELS, drink! festival is stepping up in its activities this year and is a good opportunity to discover the stars of Belgium’s gastronomy scene in the green surroundings of Brussels Park. This year, cheese and desert bars will once again add the finishing touches to the festival’s gourmet menu.



Bordeaux wine winemakers and merchants will travel to  Brussels to bring a complete range of Bordeaux wines (reds, whites, rosés and crémants), which are designed to go perfectly with the dishes prepared by the chefs. Other chefs at the festival include Cédric Callenaere, of the famous Aux Armes de Bruxelles near the Grand Place.

It prides itself on its Belgian and international crowd and a kitchen which recognises good flavours. Cédric Callenaere is credited with breathing new life into this culinary institution’s cuisine. Wine pairings, which have been put together for the event, will also be made available for the chefs’ dishes, deserts and cheese platters at the 4 day festival.

In order to enable visitors to get the most out of the festival, eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX has moved over to a cashless payment system. Visitors can get a swipe card at one of the ticket offices, top it up and use it as they see fit throughout the entire event This swipe card contains their credits and/or their wine pass. In order to pay for their food and drinks, visitors must simply use their swipe card at the cashless terminals and the credits or tastings will automatically be deducted.

The formula chosen is simple. One credit is worth 1 euro. The wine is now available by the glass. An eat! dinner pass including food & drink credits and two glasses of wine has been added to the menu. The eat! lunch pass is now also available during the weekend.



The passes are available at a reduced price until 4 September 2019 on