The first cheese market is on the 6th of April from 10.00 a.m. till 01.30 p.m.
The farmers and traders will trade their cheeses with 'handjeklap'..
From the 6th of April till the August 31th, the cheese markets are every Thursday (with the exception of Kingsday (27th of April) and Ascension Day (18th of May) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For centuries Gouda cheese has been traded at the Markt in Gouda on Thursday. And just like in the olden days, farmers and cheese traders agree on a price by the clapping of hands. Besides the world famous cheese, you can also enjoy stalls where syrup waffles and ‘poffertjes’ (Dutch mini pancakes) are made and where craftspeople demonstrate ancient skills.
At every cheese market there is live music provided by different choirs, dance groups, and of course by barrel organ De Lekkerkerker, a Dutch Cultural Heritage Monument.
Each week the performance will be announced here.
Gouda is world famous for its cheese, syrup waffles, clay pipes and pottery. The compact historic town centre with all its sights, authentic shops, narrow medieval streets, canals, and numerous court yards, is well worth a visit.
The current Waag (Weighing House) was designed by architect Pieter Post and completed in 1668. Originally all sorts of things were weighed at the Waag, but over time it became limited to just cheese. At the cheese market visitors can see how cheese is weighed at the Waag.
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For centuries the cheese was traded in the town from which it derives its name: Gouda. However, it was actually made in the surrounding polders: Cheese Valley. An oasis of peace and open space in between the four largest cities in the Netherlands. In this classical Dutch landscape, with grazing cows, canals, pollarded willow trees, cheese is still made from the milk of the farmers’ own cows.
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