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The Alkmaar cheese market

Say cheese, say Alkmaar

Cheese1History:
In 1365, the city owned one pair of cheese scales only, but this increased to four in 1612. The kaasdragersgilde (cheese carrier’s guild) is first mentioned in the archives

in 1619. 1593, however, is considered the first year of the cheese market, which has always taken place on the Waagplein. This square has been extended several times; in the course of two centuries, it was enlarged no fewer than eight times before it reached its current dimensions, which proves the importance of cheese trade for the city.

In the 17th century, cheese was traded on Fridays and Saturdays from May until All Saint’s Day, and in the 18th century on four days a week.

Details:
The cheesemarket Alkmaar 2013 will take place from March 29th untill september 6th, every fridaymorning on the Waagplein.

Program (subject to confirmation):

  • 09.50: Welcoming the visitors
  • 09.55:  Introduction of the bell-ringer
  • 10.00: The bell is rung and the market is opened
  • 10.05 – 10.50: Verbal presentation to visitors,
    in Dutch, German, English and French
  • 10.50 – 11.15: Performance by the carillon
  • 11.20 – 12.05:  Verbal presentation to
    visitors, in Dutch, German, English and French
  • 12.15 – 12.45 : Performance by the carillon
  • 12.30: Cheese Market closes

For more info:
Say cheese, say Alkmaar

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