SPECIAL NOCTURNES FOR
THE WORLD WAR I CENTENARY
100 jaar Groote Oorlog
The Great War Centenary
Le Grand Centenaire
Visit to the museum, Last Post and catering.
With sumptuous reception: € 70 VAT Excl
With walking dinner: € 95 VAT Excl
Prices based on 150 guests.
Visit + catering: 250 persons.
Tuesday until Friday, not between
15th of July and end of August.
Welcome and brief introduction by a museum representative.
Private visit to the famous In Flanders Fields Museum
, which presents the story of the First World War in West Flanders – the Belgian portion of the western front. The completely new permanent exhibition tells the story of the invasion of Belgium and the first months of the mobilisation, the four years trench war in the Westhoek - from the beach of Nieuwpoort to the Leie in Armentières -, the end of the war and the permanent remembrance ever since.
Observing the solemn Last Post Ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial
: this bugle call, symbolising a final farewell to the fallen, has been played here every evening since 1928.
You make your choice between a walking dinner or a sumptuous reception. Your event will take place in the Lakenhalle of Ypres; the magnificent Gothic merchant building that was destroyed in 1914 and is today a fully restored UNESCO monument. You sample food based on recipes from authentic field kitchen cookbooks, as well as on notes found in diaries of soldiers and civilians. There will also be dishes that stem from cookbooks published with the support of the then-authorities that described nutritious and budget- friendly fare.
Eating was for the front soldier one of the few moments of distraction in the trenches. Provisioning all soldiers every day on time was a tremendous logistical nightmare. In the occupied territories too, food supply was a daily concern, having to find all sorts of solutions to cope with shortages. And behind the frontline, incredible efforts were made to create industrial-scale farms in order to satisfy the needs of the soldiers and the population. The concept of the event gives you an idea of what the menu for the front soldier should have been in de best of circumstances, supplemented with some dishes favoured by prominent historical figures of the era.