For centuries Gouda cheese has been traded at the Markt in Gouda on Thursday. This year, from 2 April to 27 August, the traditional cheese market will take place every Thursday from 10 to 12.30 hrs. (except on Ascension Day 21 May). 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.
The cheese trade was a flourishing business: in 1937, 4.5 million kilos of cheese was traded at the Gouda cheese market. All this cheese was transported into town on 15,245 wagons. Nowadays, the real trade mostly takes place elsewhere and is done in different ways. However, since the 1980s the cheese market has been kept alive by a great many volunteers to show how the buying and selling of cheese traditionally took place.
Would you like to come and see the cheese market? Then please make sure you arrive in plenty of time. When the weather is fine, the event at the Markt attracts many visitors.
Click here to watch a video of the Gouda cheese market
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.
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