One of the bits I love about my job is the fact I get to meet a lot of people. These events organised by brewery De Koninck are no exception. In the last couple of weeks I’ve covered 2 events for them in Antwerp. A family picnic in the park and a 2nd hand bicycle market with a street picnic. Both events had a good turn out of people enjoying themselves, and the day.
The picnic in the park took place in the city park right opposite the brewery. People could pre-book a picnic basket to enjoy with friends and family. Of course, there was plenty of De Koninck on tap too. Live music, good food, beer and fabulous weather. A pretty good way to spend your Sunday lunchtime. No?
This weekend was the 2nd hand bicycle market in Antwerp. Organised by a popular 2nd hand sales website, 2dehands.be and supported by De Koninck and Velodome. Again a good turnout of people who wanted to sell their old bikes and people looking for a good deal on a 2nd hand bike. This was all coupled with the fact that Sunday the 15th Sept was ‘car free day’ in Antwerp city centre. All cars were banned, leaving the roads to pedestrians, cyclists, horse drawn carriages and of course public transport. There were also a couple of picnic baskets handed out to locals who could set up their own street picnic with their neighbours. The 2 basket winners I met were having a lot of fun enjoying a rather nicely filled basket of food and drinks. Not just beer, I should add!
Part of meeting so many people on these jobs is hearing what they have to say about the events. All I heard is praise for the organisation and that these sorts of things should happen more. Seeing people from all walks of life just get together and enjoy the day in their own way is marvellous.
On the 22nd of Sept. it’s Ghent’s turn to have the ‘Bollekespicknick’ in town. Fingers crossed that the weather plays along. Give a wave if you are there.
Some of the bike market photos.
Some of the Antwerp picnic in the park photos.