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Hasselt Jenever Festival 2023, Belgium

21 October 2023


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The third weekend in October sees the Flemish city of Hasselt spring to life for its jenever festival. In 2023, the Hasselt Jenever Festival will be on 21 and 22 October.

Tradition has it that the ‘Borrel Man’, a fountain in the middle of the city, changes water into jenever (gin) on the Saturday, so expect plenty of flowing libations. The following day will see a competition for the traditional waiter.

Hasselt Jenever Festival
Borrel Man Fountain

Take part in the Jenever walk or ride on the Jenever train. There will be music in the streets, and a great atmosphere.

This really is an incredible festival that promises to turn the city of Hasselt on its head. Just make sure that your head doesn’t feel too sore the morning after, so drink plenty of water.

Hasselt Jenever Festival 2023

You will find the full programme of events here.

When Is the Hasselt Jenever Festival?

The 2023 festival will be on 21 and 22 October.

Hasselt Jenever Festival
Join in the fun in the jenever festival
Where Is It?

It will be in the city of Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium

Other Festivals in Hasselt.

Hasselt has a series of festivals throughout the year. You can see the list of them here. Alternatively, you can read our guide to Pukkelpop which is one of the most vibrant music festivals in Belgium, which occurs in Hasselt in August each year.

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Things To Do in Hasselt

For more inspiration on what to do in Hasselt, go to the Visit Hasselt website.

All images © Stad Hasselt.


21 October 2023


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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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