Culinair Festival

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Culinair is an annual summer festival that celebrates great restaurants.

Culinair Festival: Fine dining al fresco

Over one weekend, tens of restaurants set up stalls at Leiden’s outside Yarn Market. Each of the establishments offers a selection of their best dishes, which you can then enjoy in the beautiful al fresco location. Most of the exhibiting restaurants also let visitors try their produce before investing in a meal.

A relatively new feature of the festival is its competitive edge: visitors are now encouraged to vote for their favourite dish in an official competition.

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culinair festival in leiden

About Culinair Festival

Culinair is a well-established festival and the oldest culinary event in the entire Netherlands (running since the 1980s). It draws tens of thousands of visitors to Leiden and usually coincides with the Lakenfeesten.

The event itself is free; you just have to pay for your chosen meal(s). This festival is both chic and fun, with DJs and live bands making sure that visitors are entertained even when they’re not eating.

Culinair Festival is perfect if you enjoy good food or if you just fancy hanging out with friends and family in a fun environment!

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