Who doesn’t love a good fry? The crisp, golden potato sticks are the definition of heaven for a lot of people. A lot of people have probably seen photos and videos of people lining up for fries with an accompanying caption that claims Belgium has the best ones. Belgium happens to be in the middle of the best place to grow potatoes in Europe. Belgium takes its fries so seriously that the frietkot or fries shop is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage and there are about 5,000 of those shops in that small country. Belgium also has a museum dedicated to fries. There are a few stories as to how the French fry got its name which includes geographically challenged soldiers and culinary techniques. No matter the story, Belgians are proud to say that the fry did, in fact, come from Belgium and not from France. From August 1 to 4, 2018, the Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) will bring together five major Belgian fries exporters to exhibit as a group at WOFEX Manila 2018 (World Food Expo).
They will gather under the banner “Belgian Fries” with the purpose of widening their networks, increasing their share in the Philippines’ growing market for processed potato products, and heighten awareness of Belgian fries in the Philippines and the region. Read more