The Krakelingen Feast is an annual event stemming from the siege of the City of Grammont, in East Flanders, in the 16th Century.
SLATE INFORMATION (CAN 08/3)
GV. of The Chapel.
SV. Live fish.
CU. Live fish.
SV. Putting fish into jars.
CU. Fish in jar.
GV. Chapel and people.
LV. People climbing steps leading to hill.
SV. Procession up steps (Firemen)
Back V. Ditto.
SV. People with baskets of Krakelingen (small cakes)
CU. Ditto........................ cakes.
LV. Men with cakes in baskets.
L.Back V. Procession into chapel.
SV. Wine being poured into silver cup.
CU. Man watching.
CU. Fish and wine in cup.
Full CU. Ditto.
SV. Dean drinking.
CU. Man drinking.
CU. Fireman watching.
CU. Swallowing fish.
SV. Cakes being thrown to crowd.
GV. Crowd (catching cakes.)
SV. Throwing cakes.
Background: The Krakelingen Feast is an annual event stemming from the siege of the City of Grammont, in East Flanders, in the 16th Century.
Grammont was besieged and to make the enemy believe that there was an abundance of food in the city, the inhabitants threw foodstuffs over the city walls. The enemy was deceived, raised the siege, and Grammont was freed.
Since then, this event has been yearly celebrated as the Krakelingen Feast. Krakelingen are small cakes which are thrown to the people during the festivities.
Linked with the cake tradition, is the custom of drinking wine with small live fish in it. The belief is that the fish purifies the soul of all those who drink the wine. The ceremony takes place on the hill overlooking the city, where a chapel was built in memory of the occasion.