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Chimay cultivates the Art of Gastronomy

You will love the gastronomic specialities of Chimay. They are true ambassadors of the town because you can discover Chimay by tasting its Trappiste biers and cheeses, the milk and cheese specialities, the escavèche, the traditional pork meats, the aperitif Pinot de Chimay. You can also taste and savour the Bernardins, a cake from Chimay, the pralins and chocolates from Chimay.

The gastronomic treasures

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  • Discover recipes made with cheeses and biers from Chimay here
  • The people of Chimay give their recipes to you ! 
  • The workshops to visit
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The gastronomic treasures

The Trappiste biers of Chimay  

Chimay is an authentic Trappist beer that is brewed within a Trappist monastery, under the control and responsibility of the monastic community. Only 6 beers in Belgium can carry the appellation "Trappist": Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Westvleteren and Achel. 
 
In order to meet their needs and those of their foundations as well as to sustain employment in their region, since 1862 the Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have been developing the production of Trappist beers and cheeses which, owing to their character and qualities are well known and enjoy great success.
 
More information "The Trappiste biers and cheeses of Chimay" on  www.chimay.com
More information "Scourmont Abbey" on  www.scourmont.be  
 

The cheeses of Chimay

Covered with forests and pastures and crossed by numerous rivers, the countryside of Chimay has always been a livestock-rearing area. And dairy herds mean cheese!
Since 1876, the Trappist monks of Scourmont have known the secrets of making this semi-hard cheese made from good milk from their farm and matured in the vaulted cellars of the abbey.
  
Today, Chimay cheese is made exclusively with regional milk and the Trappist monks have modernised their production equipment. Technology has combined with tradition for the greater happiness of the connoisseur and Chimay cheese has adapted itself to high consumption whilst retaining its authenticity.
 
More information "The Trappiste biers and cheeses of Chimay" on  www.chimay.com
 
 
The Bernardins
The Bernardin is a small oval biscuit made almonds, sugar and brown sugar.
Its brown colour reminds of the brown frock of the Bernardine monks.                  The only producer, heir of the recipe, is the Chocolats Monjezi, on the Grand Rue (Chimay).
 
 
 

The Chimacien cake

The Chimacien is a dry cake a lot lighter than a ponder cake. 
The restaurants of the region often put it on the dessert menu, sometimes with pears.  (see the recipe)
 
 
 
 
 

The Escavêche

Don't leave Chimay without tating this typical speciality of the region.
The Escavèche was created tanks to the Spanish presence in our region in the 15th and 16th centuries.
During their occupation of the region of Chimay, where there are lots of ponds and rivers, they assed on this vinegar preparation as a way of preserving food.
Nowadays, most of the restaurants of the region propose it as starter or main course, served with salad, bread or French fries. The genuine escavêche is prepared with spiny dogfish but some producers also propose trout.
 
 
The Pinot de Chimay
 
The " Pinot of Chimay Prestige " an apéritive wine-based drink is. His unique taste distinguishes itself thanks to the bitter fruity presence of aromas.
The " Pinot of Chimay Ambré " an apéritive wine-based drink is. His unique taste distinguishes itself thanks to the presence of aromas of peaches.
The " Pinot of Chimay Rubis " an apéritive wine-based drink is. His unique taste distinguishes itself thanks to the presence of aromas of cherries. 
The " Pinot of Chimay Sangora " is an apéritive wine-based drink. His unique taste distinguishes itself thanks to the presence of aromas of exotic fruits. 
 
 
The Pralines of Chimay

The Monjezi Chocolates

The traditional pork meats

The traditional farm products

The patisserie specialities

The workshops to visit

  • Les véritables Bernardins de Chimay Pâtisserie Hubert Grand'Place, 32 à 6460 Chimay +32(0)60/21.10.87
  • Chocolaterie Monjezi Mr et Mme Deflorenne- Dieu Grand’Rue, 8 à 6460 Chimay +32(0)60/21.17.67
  • Apéritifs Le Pinot de Chimay Madame Sophie De Schuyter Rue des Déportés, 11 à 6460 Chimay +32(0)60/21.32.99
  • L'Escavèche Petit Poucet Rue du Lac, 37 à 6461 Virelles +32(0)60/21.24.49
  • Les Pralines de Chimay Monsieur et Madame Gillot Rue de Lisbonne, 73b à 6464 L'Escaillère 060/377228
  • La Ferme du Mouligneau (produits fermiers) Monsieur et Madame Gotteaux Rue du Mouligneau, 272 à 6464 Forges +32(0)60/21.13.89
  • Le Chevret Chimacien (fromages de chêvre) Monsieur et Madame Degrande Ferme Brûlée, 100 à 6464 Rièzes +32(0)60/21.47.53
  • Le Moulin Henrot (produits fermiers) Monsieur et Madame Leroy Rue Moulin Henrot, 4 à 6460 Chimay +32(0)60/21.41.44
  • La Ferme Verhoeven (produits fermiers) Monsieur Marcel Verhoeven Taille Lisbonne, 13 à 6464 Baileux +32(0)60/34.49.22
  • La Ferme Amant (produits fermiers) Monsieur Michel Amant Rue Champagne, 5 à 6460 Chimay +32(0)60/21.17.51
  • Boucherie Baire Messieurs Baire Rue de Virelles, 43 à 6460 Chimay 060 21 36 13
  • Boucherie du Lac Monsieur Lobet Rue du Lac, 18 à 6461 Virelles +32(0)60/21.16.94
  • Boucherie Nicolas Monsieur et Madame Nicolas Rue St Nicolas, 17 à 6460 Chimay +32(0)60/21.13.73
  • Boulangerie du Lac (Baisers du Lac) Monsieur Chauvaux Rue du Lac, 1 à 6461 Virelles +32(0)60/21.32.32