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Folklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions

Blueberry Festival in Vielsalm

Blueberry Festival in Vielsalm
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A typically regional event: On the day following the Macralles (witches) Sabbath, the little town of Vielsalm celebrates the blueberry festival on 21/07/14!

According to the legend, a group of young people returning from an unsuccessful gathering of blueberries met an old woman carrying a basket filled with the fruit. When the woman saw how frustrated they were she offered them a glass of "pecket" (a potent drink of flavoured alcohol) and some "Tcha Tcha" (a nectar of freshly crushed blueberries). After drinking this the youngsters were transformed into...Macralles!

The best entertainment of this festival is undoubtedly the witches carrying their broomsticks around, swinging them in all directions and sprinkling the crowd with bone powder. They are surrounded by floats, other businesses and brass bands. Also joining in the parade are the Giants whose theme is tasty red fruit.

From 11am: crafts market, Rue du Vieux Marché

2pm: procession in the city streets followed by the finale parade in the city park.
7pm: musical entertainment by local groups.
11pm: fireworks at the city park, Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, followed by concerts with various types of music.

Entrance fee for the city. Free of charge for children under 12.


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We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.