Put the two of those things together - food and festival - and the prospect of Aalst as host city of Week van de Smaak (Week of Taste) seems not only enticing, but almost inevitable.
The "City of Taste" has been preparing its programme since before the announcement in November last year that its bid to follow Hasselt, Kortrijk, Lier and Leuven as stars of Week van de Smaak had been successful, says Ann De Block, a curator at the Aalst city museum.
Lately though, the whole idea of children's concerts has been turned on its head, with the new byword being concerts by, rather than just for, children. The kids are no longer passive onlookers: they are singers, dancers, even composers. Classical music, which for so long perceived itself as requiring years of exposure to appreciate, let alone perform, is suddenly courting the energy, spontaneity and freshness of the younger generation.
Growing every year, the event now boasts about 1,200 events and initiatives throughout Flanders and Brussels. Following Leuven last year, Aalst is 2010's special guest Stad van de Smaak, or City of Taste. Known for its onions and its annual carnival, the city will bring its expertise in the latter (and perhaps also a little bit of the former) to a massive programme of events.
Spain is this year's Land van de Smaak (Guest Country), providing accents of Rioja and seafood, tapas and Serrano to the goings-on across the regions.
The two floors of Antwerp Expo are taken up by the stands of publishers and booksellers, as well as events. The fair's partners, which include Antwerp province and city, Radio 1 and Canvas, Knack, Base, KBC and Duvel, will also be present.
"We get all kinds of questions, but most of them are very practical, like how to get proper insurance, how to open a bank account - or where to buy a mattress," says Eva Verrvecken of the International Relations Office. The university's Erasmus Student Network, led by Belgian students, helps Erasmus exchange students integrate by organising all kinds of activities, such as "Ice Breaker Week" at the beginning of each semester.
Not at all. Although the University of Antwerp was not officially formed until 2003, its roots go back to a much more respectable 1852. This was when the Fathers of the Society of Jesus established an institute for business education in the port of Antwerp - one of the first business schools in Europe that awarded degrees. It eventually became known as the University Faculties of Saint Ignatius Antwerp (UFSIA).
The principle of free enquiry remains at the university's core today; the motto "scientia vincere tenebras" (science will triumph over darkness) advocates independent, critical thinking, driven by evidence, not by dogma, politics, prejudice or greed.
In the late 18th century, the French occupiers closed the university, but the institution reopened as a state university in 1816, shortly after the region became part of the Netherlands. In 1830, Belgium was founded through revolution, and Belgian bishops reorganised the institution. Decades later, KULeuven was hit severely during the two World Wars - in particular, the library lost 300,000 valuable books to a German fire in 1914 and nearly 900,000 volumes during a second fire in 1940.
Ghent University, or UGent, goes by the motto "dare to think". It is one of the most liberal educational institutions in Flanders: the official mission statement insists that the university encourages critical and creative thinking, welcomes all cultures and backgrounds and strives to entrench its social commitment and broaden its international horizons.
A petite 22-year-old foreign exchange student at the University of Ghent, Duggal isn't your typical cold-blooded killer. But then, this isn't murder - it's paintball.
A sport that began in 1981 in the American state of New Hampshire (whose motto is appropriately "Live Free or Die"), the game is now played worldwide, both indoors and out. Rules vary and, with them, strategies, but one guideline is constant: don't get hit by a paintball.