Riverdale Park, MD—Celebrate fall the Belgian way!

On Saturday, October 12 from 12-4 pm, Riversdale House Museum invites you to enjoy a Belgian Fall Fest. In partnership with the Embassy of Belgium, enjoy an afternoon of food, music, children’s activities, and more. His Excellency Ambassador Dirk Wouters will be making a visit and offering remarks during the event.

The Stier family, the original owners of Riversdale, first came to America in 1794 after fleeing their home country, now Belgium, during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. When the family returned to Antwerp, their youngest child, Rosalie, remained at Riversdale with her husband, George Calvert, and their two children.
In honor of Mrs. Calvert’s homeland and her favorite season, Riversdale will host traditional Belgian food and drink vendors. Learn about pannenkoeken (Dutch for pancakes) during a cooking demonstration with the Embassy’s chef, Timon Michiels, and peek into the open hearth kitchen where the Riversdale Kitchen Guild will be making speculoos, popular Belgian spice cookies. Enjoy Antwerpse Handjes, a typical Antwerp cookie. Snack on a true taste of Belgium street food with Liège waffles courtesy of Les Caprices de Joelle waffle truck and fries prepared by Embassy staff. Walk away with Belgian goodies such as Lotus cookies or be a lucky prize winner of our scavenger hunt and photo contest and win great prizes such as a Neuhaus gift basket!
Beer tastings will be available courtesy of Duvel Moortgat USA and Delirium USA.
Music will be provided by Karen Ashbrook and Paul Oorts, who specialize in the Belgian dulcimer, and by saxophone students at the University of Maryland, celebrating the inventor of the instrument, Belgian-born Adolphe Sax. Musicians sponsored in part by Chainlines and The Belgian American. Children will enjoy screenings of the Smurfs, arts and crafts, and historic games. Self-guided tours of the mansion will be available.

Belgian Fall Fest is a FREE event; food tickets $5, beverage tickets $1.

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Riversdale House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, is located at 4811 Riverdale Road, in Riverdale Park, Maryland.