The recent terror attacks in Belgium and the current economic climate have led to the postponement of Wallonia’s European festival of gastronomy. Mindjî, was scheduled to be held at the Citadel of Namur between 3 and 7 June 2016 has been postponed to next year, Generation W said in a statement.
The festival, the first European festival of gastronomy was scheduled to be organised by Generation W, a collective of chefs from Wallonia (the W representing the French speaking part of Belgium – Wallonia).
The event would have showcased the artisanal, gastronomic and creative abilities of Wallonia bringing together chefs and producers from the region together with Flemish and European chefs.
The event had to feature not only participants from the world of gastronomy but also academia as well as economic actors from the Wallonian region.
The organisers said that it in the current climate it was too risky to organise the festival. They examined all options and possibilities, including different formats but finally decided to postpone the festival to 2017.
Generation W said the event was not cancelled but rather postponed and it will continue to work with its partners to create an event that would showcase the creativity of the region while putting Wallonian men and women in the spotlight.
The name mindjî, means to eat in the Wallonia. Generation W is the brainchild of 10 Walloon chefs including the most representative chef of the region Sang-Hoon Degeimbre.
It’s aim is to promote the common heritage by looking towards the future, building dialogue and interactions with all the sectors of the economy.