BioLicious introduces foodies to vast organic landscape


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Words like organic, free range, ecological, sustainable and natural are finally cool. What was once considered alternative or hippyish is now widely accepted, applauded even. These buzzwords have become part of our everyday vocabulary. And what they stand for forms the basis for BioLicious, a consumer fair in Ghent.

Launched last year, BioLicious is all about sustainable trends. In an event hall filled with experts on subjects like low-impact living, upcycling, building and transport, there will be loads of hands-on workshops and readings going on. And naturally, the organisers put plenty of food-related fun on the programme as well, including cooking demonstrations and tastings.

Let Sara Surinx of De Groene Keuken magazine sell you on the virtues of a veggie-eco life during her Vegan for Beginners reading. Or have a chat with health specialist Laurent De Bremaeker of Prelovedfoods. De Bremaeker is the author of the book Echt gezond? De rauwe waarheid over jouw voeding (Really Healthy? The Raw Truth about Your Food). 

When it’s time for a bite to eat, visit Kevin Storms of Foodstorms while he presents Plant-Based Fine Dining, an introduction to vegan cooking. Storms has convinced many a foodie that no animal products are needed to produce an amazing meal.  

Other standholders include Fairwine, makers of all-natural wine. Sniff, swirl and taste the difference organic makes. They also offer a unique subscription that makes for a great gift idea. 

The founders of Hello Fresh will be glad to show off their clever weeknight meal solution: boxes full of fresh ingredients and healthy recipes, delivered to your doorstep weekly. Or do you dream of making your own wine? Or honey or beer? For all the equipment and expertise you’ll need, visit Bijenhuis. During the fair, they’ll be on hand to help visitors build their own bee hive.

Attention, fans of organic spelt pasta, fair-trade chocolate and additive-free almond spread: There will be representatives on hand from Bioshop Pimpernel, the organic food store with two locations in Ghent.

Antwerp’s Lombardia Hot Drinks, meanwhile, will be sharing the love in the form of their certified organic hot fruit juices such as GreenLove, Coconut Vibrations and the ever-popular GingerLove.

Finally, the chefs at catering company Vers en Veggie will present their array of fresh vegetarian dishes made to order.

As an added bonus, the Urban Nomad Festival will be taking place simultaneously at the same location, treating visitors to live music by Our Lips Are Sealed, Rock au Vin and Fatback Brassband. 

26 April, 10.00-19.00 at ICC Ghent, Van Rysselberghedreef 2

Photo courtesy De Groene Keuken