The Festival

Ostend invites beer lovers from near and far to the second North Sea Beer Festival being held over the last weekend in August 2016.

The festival will be 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.

25 Belgian breweries and beer firms will be showcasing more than 150 Belgian specialty 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, gourmets will find plenty to tickle their taste buds too. Several chefs from highly rated Ostend restaurants are keen to introduce you to their best dishes and will be cooking on the festival site.

The picture is completed with a soft drink 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: €10.00

Additional tokens: €1.80 (exchange for 15cl specialty beers, soft drinks & coffee)

Entry for Children is free; there is a strict over-18 limit for alcohol.





A great beer should be paired with food that is just as good. That’s why we have invited some of the best and most creative restaurants and caterers in Ostend to the North Sea Beer Festival. Our visitors will be spoiled from a culinary as well as a drinking perspective.

During the festival we invite you to come along to one of the following food trucks and booths to keep up your strength:

Bistro Mathilda

Bistro Mathilda has maintained its reputation as one of Ostend’s top brasseries for over 20 years. Luc and Gerda Deklerck have been at the helm all this time, always keeping quality high. Bistro Mathilda’s cuisine has evolved from bistro pur sang or thoroughbreed bistro, to the current bistronomy style: accessible cuisine at digestible prices with a few culinary extras.

Their team is always focused on the end result – they are playful on occasion but never too out there. At Mathilda’s the chefs are faithful to seasonal and local ingredients, they are huge fans of ‘terroir cuisine’. One of the dishes you simply have to taste at the festival is their Croque-Sprot Deluxe. This innovative dish is a grilled foccacia sandwich, or croque, with smoked sprat and goat’s cheese from ’t Reigerhof. It is served with guacamole and a tomato salsa.

L’Affaire Culinaire / Plat’O

Katrien and Kamiel may not have been born and bred on the coast but they are well-known and well loved in Ostend. Kamiel has been instrumental in making a success of the well-known Theater aan Zee theatre festival, while Katrien has fed more or less the entire festival audience with L’Affaire Culinaire. Their Van Hool bus was converted into a mobile kitchen; to call it a food truck would not be doing it justice…

For years, L’Affaire Culinaire has been the caterer of choice on well-fed film sets in Belgium and further afield. For example, the company was hired to do the catering for the prestigious BBC series The White Queen.

For the North Sea Beer Festival, that meant there was no need to look far for crew catering. Katrien and Kamiel also offer our visitors a taste of the dishes they have started serving in their own restaurant, the Plat’O. 

Toi, Moi Et La Mer

Likeable chef Christophe Snauwaert always has a smile on his face. No newcomer to the Ostend culinary landscape, he has been working in local kitchens for over a quarter of a century. He opened his restaurant Toi, moi et la Mer in 2007 on Albert I Promenade. In 2014 it was awarded its first Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide.

Christophe finished his studies at the Ostend Hotel School in 1992, and before long he was awarded the title of Best Young Cook in Belgium.

At the festival you will be able to taste his interpretation of fish and chips, prepared with Belgian North Sea fish and beer and accompanied by a portion of Belgian friet! North Sea fish straight from the sea onto your plate is Christophe’s motto here.

Les Filles Du Bord De Mer

No North Sea Beer Festival would be complete without North Sea finger food! The food truck from Les Filles du Bord de Mer is the brain child of TER Event catering, a new Ostend business founded by Quinten Goekint. Quinten is an alumnus of the renowned Ter Duinen hotel school. His roots are on the coast, and with a company name like Les Filles du Bord de Mer, (the girls of the coast) you won’t be surprised to learn that his focus is on fish.

Shrimp croquettes in a characteristic friet cone, in portions of six, twelve or 24; fresh oysters; fish soup from Ostend; a fish burger with home-made tartare sauce; and kibbeling, freshly caught white fish in batter… Quinten’s is an extensive, unpretentious offering that everyone will enjoy.

Ostend Queen / Agua Del Mar

Again we have two names that are synonymous with the Ostend culinary scene. Both the Ostend Queen and the Agua de Mar can be found in the Ostend Kursaal, our great palace of entertainments.

From the Ostend Queen restaurant you’ll enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the best views to be found anywhere on the Belgian coast. Its chef, Raoul de Koning, was one of the finalists of the Mijn Restaurant television programme just a few years ago. Raoul and his team will bring you gastranomic European cuisine full of, often surprising, tastes.

If the Ostend Queen has one of the best views of the coastline, the Agua del Mar can boast one of the most beautiful terraces anywhere in the City by the Sea. Chef Patrick Mukabucyana specialises in refined tapas and creative dishes.


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 Transport
The 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 Car
If 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.

Opening Times

Friday 26/08: 16.00 – 00.00

Saturday 27/08: 12.00 – 00.00

Sunday 28/08: 12.00 – 20.00