Luxembourg has many culinary specialties, as well as local products. A strong tradition of local products can be seen at local festivals and other traditional events . Each time, stands present local culinary specialties such as sausages, crémants and beers.
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Luxembourg culinary specialties
Here are some of Luxembourg’s culinary specialties, impossible to avoid when you live in Luxembourg!
Luxembourg wines and crémants
The wine tradition in Luxembourg
The Moselle valley and Luxembourg have always had a tradition of wine production. The Celts, then the Gauls and then the Romans cultivated the vine. Throughout the centuries, Moselle wine has earned its letters of nobility.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the introduction of noble grape varieties as well as the arrival of the younger generation of winemakers in association with foreign oenological advisors, we have seen a dramatic improvement in quality. Today, this is reflected in the recognition of Luxembourg wines and crémants (high-quality sparkling wines) in international competitions.
Most of the slopes of the Luxembourg Moselle are covered with vineyards. The grape varieties include noble grape varieties such asAuxerrois, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris and Riesling. In total, there are 42 km of Moselle valley, which wind from Schengen to Wasserbillig, on two cantons. The The canton of Remich has rich and fertile soils. The Grevenmacher area offers slowly eroding limestone soils. Both produce great wines of character that are distinguished by their diversity and fully deserve their renowned appellations.
Cellars of crémants
There are many producers of crémant in Luxembourg. Among the most famous are:
- the Alice Hartmann domain in Wormeldange
- the Bernard-Massard cellars located in Grevenmacher
- Domaines Vins Moselle established in Wormeldange, which offers Poll-Fabaire crémants,
- Domaine Mathis Bastian located in Remich.
Tastings of Luxembourgish crémants
Tastings of Luxembourg wines and crémants can be conducted directly at the producers and cellars concerned.
You can also organize a wine tasting with friends. What better way to discover Luxembourg’s local products? You will find all the useful information, the participating winegrowers, the modes of transport and the invitations on the site vins-cremants.lu.
In 1970 there were 9 breweries in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The beer offer was important. Today there are 6 Luxembourg breweries. The best known are :
- the National Brewery. This Luxembourg family business was created in 1975 from the merger of two Luxembourg breweries, Funck-Bricher and Bofferding. The National Brewery is now the market leader in the Greater Region. This brewery, open to all, is located in Bascharage and brews the brands Bofferding and Battin.
In 2020, the Brasserie Nationale launched LODYSS water , a natural mineral water from the ice age that has been preserved in the Luxembourg underground at a depth of more than 300 meters. Certified nitrate-free and low in sodium, this water is now offered on all tables of Luxembourg restaurants.
- The Brasserie de Luxembourg, now located on the historical site of Diekirch, was founded in 1871. Since 2002, the Luxembourg brewery has been part of AB InBev and produces the Diekirch and Mousel brands.
It should be noted that it is on the former production site of Mousel beers that the Rives de Clausen was created , Clausen district in Luxembourg where to go out in the evening.
Other Luxembourg culinary specialties
Luxembourg’s cuisine offers generous and rich dishes, made with local products. They are a reflection of the peasant culture of the country.
- Gromperekichelcher. Inseparable from the Christmas markets, gromperekichelcher are grated potato cakes specific to Luxembourg. Prepared with onions, shallots, parsley, eggs and flour, they are fried in oil. They are served with applesauce for a delicious sweet and savory combination.
- Sausages. There are several kinds of sausages: the “grillwurst”, white-fleshed sausages made from pork, grilled over a wood fire and served in a hot dog bun. These are regularly served at village festivals or other festive events and Christmas markets. There is also the “mettwurst”, also made of pork, but smoked. They are often served with soup for a warm and comforting meal.
Another Luxembourg specialty is the “Lyoner”, which children love. The butcher’s department often offers a piece to children who accompany their parents on shopping trips.
- Bouneschlupp is a traditional soup. It is prepared with beans, onions, vegetables and smoked bacon. This soup can be served with Mettwurst. It is the traditional main dish served in winter.
- Judd mat gaardebounenen is a dish based on smoked pork neck and beans.
- Kuddelfleck or double fat à la luxembouregoise is a dish made from beef tripe or stomach. The elements are breaded and then fried. It can be served with a tomato sauce.
- Fierkelsjelli is a gastronomic dish consisting of a small piglet presented in a jelly
- The Traïpen is a black pudding served during the Lentenperiod
- Bouchées à la reine are hollowed out puff pastry filled with a preparation of chicken, sweetbreads, quenelle or ham with mushrooms. The whole thing is served in a generous white sauce. We accompany this dish with rice.
- F’rell Am Rèisleck is a local trout fried in batter and served in a Riesling sauce. We will also find the Moselle fry, this time served with lemon juice.
- The Rieslingspaschteit or Riesling pie. Composed of meat, it can be eaten cold as an appetizer or as a starter.
Desserts and pastries
Some specific pastries are to be noticed in Luxembourg:
- Bamkuch is a kind of cake cooked on a spit. It is served on special occasions such as weddings or communions, as a pièce montée. It is mainly found in traditional bakeries and pastry shops.
- The Questschentaart is an institution in Luxembourg. Quetsches are a kind of plum, slightly acidic, typical of the region.
- Boxenmännchen: these are small buns, covered or not with sugar, with or without chocolate. They are mainly eaten on St. Nicholas’ Day and during the end of year celebrations.
- During the Carnival period there are also the ” Fuesendkichelcher “, which are sweet doughnuts eaten specifically during this period.
- The stollen is a cake served during the holiday season. Made with flour, raisins and dried fruit and sprinkled with powdered sugar, it is delicious, especially at breakfast or with coffee. You can find them everywhere, including in supermarkets.
- Do you know what pretzels are? This sweet or savory cake is a real tradition to declare your love to your lover!
Buy Luxembourg products
National Brand Label
Luxembourg offers a wide choice of high quality products. Discover the “Marque Nationale” label and its local products. Created in 1932, this label guarantees the Luxembourgish origin of a product.
Letzshop.lu Go Local, buy Luxembourgish on the internet
Since September 2018, you can now buy in Luxembourg stores online with the online platform Letzshop.lu. The website offers the possibility to shop online, but exclusively in Luxembourgish shops. Letzshop.lu was initiated by the Ministry of Economy, and conducted in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, the Luxembourg Confederation of Commerce (CLC) and 16 Luxembourg municipalities including the City of Luxembourg.
This initiative helps to boost the national economy through the online trade channel. It benefits both merchants and customers. So don’t hesitate, do your shopping online on letzshop.lu and its more than 200 Luxembourgish online merchants.
Lët’z Go Local, promotion of Luxembourg products
Lët’z go local is an association that promotes 100% Luxembourgish products and services. Once or twice a year, a big market is organized with all the exhibitors.
7 product categories are represented within Let’z go local: fashion & jewelry, design, children, wellness, publishing, food & beverage and services. A great initiative to discover the culture and creativity of Luxembourg!
Any craftsman or trader can be introduced by Lët’z go Local and participate in the local markets De Lokale Maart, organized by the association. to do so, you must first be registered as a professional in Luxembourg, either as a self-employed person or through a company. The products or services offered must be made or designed in Luxembourg.
Several times a year, Lët’z go local organizes events such as markets to highlight local products and make them known to the general public: De Lokale Maart. Design, fashion, local products, personal and children’s services, each time there are more than fifty stands presenting Luxembourg’s know-how and specialties.
What do we like most of all? The promotion of local products and the will of conviviality. Luxembourg is a multi-faceted country due to its cultural diversity. Events such as the local markets show that regardless of one’s origin, one can gather under a common value and thus contribute to the enrichment of Luxembourg’s culture.
Follow Lët’z go Local events on their Facebook page.
Made in Luxembourg
The Made in Luxembourg label currently recognizes more than 1,600 companies whose activity is based in Luxembourg.
In order to benefit from it, companies must meet a certain number of obligations, in particular to exist for more than one year and to justify an activity in Luxembourg.
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