Discover the culinary routes in Friesland

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Culinary routes in Friesland


In Friesland you will find delicious local products that are really worthwhile trying. With the culinary routes which have been mapped out by the Leeuwarder Courant you are assured of the hotspots regarding food and drink.

Culinary routes

There is enough to taste in Friesland! The province offers space for growing delicious local products. Accompanied by connoisseurs the Leeuwarder Courant traveled through Friesland to find the gems in the culinary field. This has brought us eight so called flavor routes. This brings you to places where you actually have to stop to taste the food and it also shows you the wonderful nature.

Strange creature on ‘t Bildt (31,5 kilometer)

A journey through the Bildt is characterized by potatoes and corn. Berlikum here is a good complement. Here you will find in fact an expanding greenhouse area. Along the way you will find many stalls where you can buy produce. Ostriches make this route very special. Ostrich Farm Sparren Heining from the bakery family Wijnsma offers eggs for home and abroad. They can weigh up to 2 kilograms. The meat of the ostrich is very tasteful. The tour ends near St. Annaparochie where you will find trout. In the “Forel for All” you can eat rainbow trout or salmon. Pure enjoyment! Discover the route.

Strange regions in the Frije Wiken (36,5 kilometer)

In the southern part of Gorredijk still much is to be found about the extraction of peat that took place here. It is an area with tree walls, canals, small cattle and forest cottages. At our starting point we get right to the great ice cream shop of Romke de Jong. On the old girth we eventually find the real local produce. At the Regional Store you can pick your own apples, pears and strawberries. And the eggs come from the local hens! Fresh and local. The last stop of the tour is in Langezwaag. In the greenhouse of Wiepie Hofstra at the Boerestreek plenty of fruit and vegetables are available. Check out the route here.

Amelands treats

This route is still under development, but you can already follow this tour by bike. This route takes you to a lot of different products, such as cheese, rye bread, honey, lamb and ice cream. There are about 10 entrepreneurs who produce in the traditional and sustainable way. They are nicely spread over the island which gives you a wonderful cycling route. If your starting point is in Nes you can start your trip with a nice cup of coffee accompanied by a sandwich of smoked catfish . If you have a stop over at the Cheese Farm Ameland, you can taste the traditionally made cheese. It’s also worth it to try a bowl of ice cream here, all made without any additional colors and flavors. At the end of our route we stop by to have a visit at the catfish farm at the Kooiweg. Check out the route here.

Nostalgic chugging (40 kilometer)

You can explore the area of Gaasterland with an authentic Solex. In Rijs you will find a rental company where you can rent a motorcycle from the ‘50s. Of course it is also very nice to cover this route by bike! The route with the view on the IJsselmeer is marvelous. The first stop is at ice cream farm the Bûterkamp. Here a real local product is being produced, namely real farmers ice cream with the flavor of sugar bread and dúmkes. Later on during the trip we see an advertisement of Gaasterland Herb Pig. This pig is raised without the use of antibiotics and gets real love and attention. The herbs in their food give the meat a very special taste. In Balk you can buy a Balkster bar at the bakery, very nice with you coffee at home later. Check out the route here.

Mouth watering in Wâlden

During this route we focus on the wâldbeantsjes, forest beans. This bean is grown in Ureterp for generations. It takes several months before the beans are ready for consumption. Harvesting, drying and selecting takes time. The best time of the year to buy this bean is in November and December. You can also get forest beans in the shape of wood chips, namely at the Inn of Smallingerland in Rottevalle. The trip ends in Buitenpost,here, at the Kruidhof and Op é Stal, you can assemble your package of local products to take home! Check out the route here.

Between forest and mudflats (37 kilometers)h3>

This is a route of extremes. You can start with the Frisian spring rolls and dry pepper sausages in Kollum. Actually, dozens of restaurants, bakeries and butchers are to be found in Kollum. The prepare fantastic local products. In Engwierum you briefly deviate from the route to visit the Lauwershof. This is a true fruit paradise and you will find apples, plums, gooseberries, strawberries and more. If you continue on towards the east, you will pass the Lauwersmeerarea with vast corn fields. Check out the route here.

Good people (81 kilometers)

The route through the Southwest corner has enough to offer. You will be amazed to see the vast grasslands. Here you will also have the opportunity to go on the water and explore the area while sailing. Workum, the first town on the route the Pottebakkershuis offers a wide range of organic food from the province. It is a coffee and tea room with vegetarian and fish dishes. They get all the products from local farmers! Further on there is a organic shop where you can buy natural and organic products. When you’re traveling, you should definitely try the Frisian Nagelkaas, which is delicious. With the end in sight, you can not skip the beans from Koudum. The secret of this bean lies in the cultivation on black, loose sand. Check out the route here

Heavy legs, sweet cakes (18 kilometers)h3>

In and around the park Drents-Friese Wold you will find plenty of culinary delights. It is a route that takes you through the forest and green nature with an occasional exit to the delicacies from this region. in Appelscha you can stop over at the Real Bakery The Vent on the canal-Zuidzijde. You can buy Kale Duintjes here. These are local snacks which are named after the great sand drift in the Wold. For dinner you can go to Het Volle Leven (The Full Live) near the Oude Willem district. Here they still cook in the old fashioned way, that means without any flavor enhancers. With their own vegetable garden, you can be assured of fresh and tasty dishes. Check out the route here .

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