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Published on Jul 27, 2012
The Belgian Tourist Office-Brussels & Wallonia in London celebrated the British capital's biggest event of 2012 with an "Off-lympic" folkloric gourmet bike ride through the centre of London on Wednesday 25 July 2012 between 10 am and 3pm.
Fifteen bikes and bike floats decorated on a gastronomy theme, many created by students in Belgium, took part in the festive procession. The parade started from Waterloo Place and continued through Pall Mall, St James's Street, Piccadilly, Wellington Arch and Constitution Hill, passed in front of Buckingham Palace, then along Birdcage Walk, Parliament Square, Whitehall and Trafalgar Square before returning to Waterloo Place.
Among the gastronomic delights on parade were a regional delicacy "tarte al djote" and its Jean de Nivelles beer, a Wépion strawberry, an Orval trappist beer, a giant knife, fork and spoon, a P&O Ferry ship covered with mussels which sprayed water onto passers-by, a "Panier garni" food hamper with saucisson and beer, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, a beer mug, Belgian fries, a giant frog, and a Brussels sprout. A chocolate delivery tricycle handed out over 3,000 delicious Galler chocolates to bystanders, who also received a copy of the Belgian Gourmets Gazette featuring a list of the Belgian specialities on display, along with recipe ideas.
Over 300 Londoners voted for their three favourite folkloric bikes, the creators of which were awarded special Belgian pendants created by a Belgian master chocolatier in three different flavours. Recipient of the first prize and dark Chocolate pendant was the Panier Garni food hamper which was made out of hazelnut branches. Second prize was awarded to the Belgian Fries Bike creator who received a milk chocolate pendant. A third white chocolate pendant went to the owner of the Tarte Al'Djote and Nivelles beer bike.
Cycling is the theme chosen to be highlighted at Belgium House Between 27 July and 12 August this year . Belgium House is located in the lovely surroundings of Middle and Inner Temple. It is open to the public between 28 July and 12 August.
P&O Ferries kindly sponsored the bike crossings from Belgium.