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Theme year 2019

From now on, Delft will color ‘gold’. In 2019, cultural programming will be dominated for a year by Delft and the Golden Age (17th century), as part of the national theme year ‘Rembrandt and the Golden Age’. Highlights are the Glorious Delft Blue exhibition at Royal Delft and Pieter de Hooch exhibition at the Prinsenhof Delft Museum. But there is way more than that to entice you to come and visit Delft.

Delft and Beer

In the Middle Ages beer was one of the largest export products in the city. That made Delft the beer city of Holland. Hundreds of breweries produced millions of liters of beer a year.

When at the beginning of the 17th century the beer industry collapsed, many buildings along the canals became vacant. In these buildings potters were established to imitate Chinese porcelain – the current Delft Blue.

During the theme year Delft & the Golden Age, four beer brewers from Delft (Beer History Delft, Delft Brewers, De Koperen Kat and De Bierfabriek) will each brew their own unique beer. And various cafés, including Bierhuis De Klomp and De Doerak, organize various beer-related activities throughout the year.

Delft and Delft Blue

Glorious Delft Blue

During the Golden Age period, the world-famous Delft Blue originated in Delft and well-known Dutch masters such as Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Carel Fabritius lived and worked in Delft. Delft had an important part in the establishment of the VOC in 1602 and played an important role in science. The Golden Age is nowhere more visible and tangible than in Delft. The ancient center still has many historic buildings from that period and the world-famous Delft Blue is fully visible in the streets.

Delft, the VOC and Delft Blue

VOC Chamber of Delft after the reconstruction of 1722

400 years ago the first VOC (Dutch East India Company) ships, filled with blue and white porcelain, returned from the Far East. This porcelain proved immensely popular with wealthy families and the European nobility. When the import of Chinese porcelain became less due to civil wars in China, enterprising Dutch seized their chance and developed their own variant of this blue and white porcelain.

This was the birth of Delft Blue in the Netherlands. Today, Delft Blue is a real Dutch icon.

Golden Age products

Fortunately, many of the other old icons remain in Delft today. Located mostly in small specialty stores along the many canals of Delft they still make or sell traditional artisanal products.

For example, a number of these shops have purposely developed a savory or sweet Golden Age product line for this year. With ten high-quality artisanal products they tell the story of coffee, tea, cheese, chocolate and the city of Delft, through the ages.

Artisanal Golden Age product makers

The sweet Golden Age products consist of:

The savory Golden Age products consist of:

Delft Westwal snack and drink route

Around the fifteenth century, the city wall with its eight city gates was built in Delft. This wall and gates had to protect the city against enemies and invaders. In the course of the years a lot has happened with the city wall and city gates of Delft. Discover the history of the old city wall of Delft.

Listen to beautiful stories, do a special cycle route where you will be treated to special snacks and drinks at intermediate stops. A mini trip for family or friends! The Delft Westwal snack and drink route can be booked from March 15, 2019 (ask at your hotel or walk past the Delft tourist office).

Delft Westwal promoters

The Delft Westwal snack and drink route is made possible by Huszár, Restaurant Einstein, Barbaar, De Gist and DelftByCycle and has been specially created for the theme year Delft & the Golden Age.

View the culture program of Delft & the Golden Age here

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