Ostend invites beer lovers from near and far to the fourth edition of the North Sea Beer Festival being held over the last weekend in August 2018.
The festival is held in the splendid Leopoldpark, not far from the famous Casino-Kursaal, right opposite the De Grote Post cultural centre and just a few hundred metres from the sea and the beach.
Approximately 30 Belgian breweries and beer firms will be showcasing more than 200 Belgian speciality beers. There will be plenty of opportunity to sample some of the country’s better-known beers, and to discover many new brews, including several limited editions, as you explore the marquees dotted around the park.
Alongside this extensive range of beers, food fans will find plenty to tickle their taste buds too. Several highly rated Ostend food trucks are keen to introduce you to their best dishes and will be cooking on the festival site.
The picture is completed with beer cocktails plus a soft drinks and coffee corner.
Music is an essential part of any festival, and this easy-going, convivial gathering is no exception, with a full programme of live performances and DJ sets.
Weekend pass – includes three tokens plus a unique tasting glass: €12.00
Additional tokens: €2.00 (exchange for 15cl specialty beers, soft drinks & coffee)
Entry for Children is free; there is a strict over-18 only limit for alcohol.
Please Note: Some brewers may ask ask two tokens for exclusive brews and glasses from the previous years are no longer valid for use.
Photo credit: Kim Vanbesien Fotografie
Where & When
The North Sea Beer Festival takes place in Leopoldpark in Ostend, just a stone’s throw away from the beach, the city’s shopping centre and the nightlife district.
Public TransportThe coastal tram, The Kusttram, will get you to Ostend quickly and easily from almost anywhere on the coast. Leave the tram at the Square Marie-José / Marie-Joséplein stop, which is just two minutes’ walk from the Leopoldpark. Ostend is easily reached by rail from anywhere in Belgium, on quick, efficient trains.
From Brussels, the trip to the North Sea resort takes just under one-and-a-half hours. From Antwerp, allow two hours. Bruges to Ostend is just 15 minutes by train. And from Ghent, you should allow 45 minutes for your train trip. Ostend railway station is a 15-minute walk from Leopoldpark. A tram or bus will get you there in no more than five minutes.
By CarIf you are planning to drive – remember to agree in advance who’s the designated driver – bear in mind that the weekend of the festival is the last one of the summer holiday season, so you may encounter traffic jams and overflowing car parks.
Friday 24/08: 16.00 – 00.00
Saturday 25/08: 12.00 – 00.00
Sunday 26/08: 12.00 – 20.00