Frietkotcultuur recognized as an intangible heritage of Belgium

The ministers of Culture and Agriculture of the different länder have in the Atomium in Brussels, the Belgian Frietkotcultuur declared intangible cultural heritage of Belgium. A procedure at Unesco, however, is not an issue.


The Flemish Community approved the frietkotcultuur in 2014, while the French Community did in 2016. This year, on 13 april,it was the turn of the German-speaking Community. The Brussels Region is recognised that culture in June as an intangible cultural heritage.

Belgium employs around 5,000 of fry in the territory. Last year produced Belgium 4.4 million tonnes of processed potatoes and, our country is the world’s largest exporter of frozen French fries.


Although different people present a recognition by the Unesco noted, is not yet any official request to the UN organisation. “The Belgians had first become aware of this heritage, according to Bernard Lefèvre, president of the National union of frituristen (Navefri). ‘A possible candidacy at Unesco, would require a lot of work.’

Prince Laurent were present at the academic session, exhorted him to the UN organization to knock on the door. “The potato is the social meal par excellence’, said the prince, who is included in the Order of the Golden Cone.

It certainly can, proves the Belgian beer culture. Which is a Unesco world heritage site since 30 november last year.

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