Finally we can do it again! On Sunday 24 April, Bart and Arnold will take us to the area between Zeeland, West Brabant and Flanders, also known as the “Brabantse Wal”. An area where nature, monuments and culture are intertwined. For those to whom this doesn’t mean anything: today we are driving in the Bergen op Zoom region.
We start at a restaurant in Hoogerheide, where we will meet from 12:00 pm for a reception with coffee or tea and some sweets, to start the day well.
This day we will drive a bit through Zeeland, across to the municipality of Reimerswaal, where we will stop at what you can actually call THE specialist in the field of rotary engine technology: RX Garage / Hoebeke Auto’s.
In other words, we are very welcome in the showroom of the Hoebeke family in Rilland, they regularly import out-of-the-ordinary, exotic, special or funny old timers and young timers from Japan and have built up a special collection and a completely different range of nice cars for sale. More information can be read here.
Technically, they have specialized in rotary engines, which were used in the NSU Ro 80 and the Mazda RX 7 and RX 8, but you will notice that this technology can also be found in many other models.
We will also move through the area around border park Kalmthoutse Heide and Brabantse Wal. The Brabantse wall extends from the municipality of Steenbergen in the north, via Bergen op Zoom and the Wouwse Plantage of Roosendaal to Woensdrecht in the south. De Brabantse Wal houses a recognized regional product which is also recognized by the EU: the Brabantse Wal Asparagus. This puts the Brabantse Wal Asparagus in the list of Gouda cheese, Parma ham and the Opperdoezer Ronde: good company!
In April, a true culinary feast will start in Bergen op Zoom and on the Brabantse Wal. Around that period, the first asparagus and strawberries come from the soil, which, in combination with the famous anchovies, form the ingredients of the so-called AAA menu. Many restaurants are inspired by this theme and present a unique example of their cookery skills.
The Brabantse Wal Asparagus distinguishes itself in taste from other asparagus by its slightly salty taste. This flavour has been developed by the combination of the pure groundwater of the Kalmthoutse Heide that runs underground in the direction of Zeeland and the salty sea air that blows from Zeeland over the Brabantse Wal in a westerly wind. The Brabantse Wal asparagus is available from April (depending on weather conditions). Traditionally, the season ends on June 24 (Saint John’s day). You can buy the ‘white gold’ from the 12 affiliated growers. More information, such as an overview of the growers’ addresses, can be found here.
At the end of the afternoon we all gather again at the restaurant where we started, to end the day with a drink and a chat. For the enthusiasts there is a not to be missed 3-course menu consisting of:
Gamba Ceviche with Avocado and Granny Smith
Carpaccio with pesto marinade
Bruchetta with Mushrooms and Tomato
Catch of the day in Papillotte with Beurre Blanc
Duck Breast with Risotto
Falafel with tahini and mint yoghurt
Apple Tarte Tatin with Spice Ice Cream
What will all this cost?
The costs are €7.50 as a member and €11 as a guest. Dinner costs €36 per person.
Dogs are welcome, provided they are trained and on a leash.
Don’t wait any longer and sign up for the first ride of the year!
You can register no later than Sunday 17 April via the registration page.
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