Heritage protection for Flanders' historic frietkots
Flanders’ Heritage minister is expanding his search for historic chip shops that deserve official protection as monuments.
“Frietkot culture”, the craft of frying chips and the experience that goes with it, is recognised as intangible heritage, and shops and kiosks selling fries are a common sight throughout Belgium.
Matthias Diependaele had initially called for local authorities to nominate worthy chip shops by the middle of June, but he is now inviting the general public to submit their favourite frietkot, with the deadline extended to 11 July.
According to industry federation Navefri, out of more 4,500 chip shops in Belgium, there are just under 1,000 standalone kiosks. Over the years, many have had to make way for construction, road building or other works.
Diependaele (N-VA) has previously announced that he wanted to protect the region’s oldest, most authentic chip shops. Having chips once a week is “a living tradition in Flanders,” he said. “I find it logical that, in addition to churches and castles, we also protect some of the most typical chip kiosks.”
Anyone who wishes to nominate their local fritkot can do so by email.
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