Beer and Hop Festival
15,16,17 september 2017

Sunday September 17th

9.30 a.m.: Church service at the St.Bertinus' Church with choirs of Poperinge and Rixensart.

10 a.m.: Guided visit of the Hop Museum

  • Continuous guided tours: Poperinge's Hop Museum is located in the old Municipal Scales. Guides take you to four floors of history and culture. On your way, local characters like 'The Bagger' and 'The Nose' will take you along the four seasons of hops. Historic documents, photographs, scale models and audiovisual displays illustrate the story of local hop growing, past and present. The museum is open non-stop from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Tours every fifteen minutes. Last tour starts at 5.15 p.m.
  • Demonstrations picking by hand: on the courtyard, experienced pickers show how hops used to be picked, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m..

10.30 a.m.: Ceremony at the monument

11 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Lekker Westhoeks
During these two days, Poperinge presents the best delicacies it has to offer in a colourful tented village. A cosy and warm family event with beer and beer culture as central themes. Taste the delicious Belgian beers, the local dishes and enjoy the various activities for young and old.

Free entry.

11.30 a.m.: Concert with Sons Saucisses on the Market Square

Free entry.

1 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Exhibition Vive Labeur in the Guest house chapel

Exhibition about the Chinese contribution during WWI with pictures taken by Stephan Vanfleteren and Sanne Dewilde.

Free entry.

3 p.m.: 24th international hop pageant
This colourful spectacle tells the story of hops in all its facets. Over 1300 people, including dozens of horses and horse riders, and various beautiful floats, bring outstanding interpretations of the foreign hop pickers, the hand picking and so on. The public will undoubtedly be charmed by the children representing friends and enemies of hops (ladybugs, caterpillars, dragonflies,…). Free entry.

Stand on the Market Square. Tickets cost €12,50 and are available on this website.

As from 5.30 p.m.: Final program in the marquee

5.30 p.m.: NYC Street Parade Band

7.30 p.m.: De Freundschaftsblaskapelle Diksmuide

9 p.m.: Keibloazers 

11 p.m.: DJ White-G (till 1 a.m.)

Free entry