Food experiences from quayside to kitchen

This varying route will take you past green fields, historic villages and the bustling activity of the Meierijstad region and surroundings. It’s a great temptation from quayside to kitchen to get off your bike now and then and explore the vicinity.

4 hour 10 minutes (50.1 km)

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This varying route will take you past green fields, historic villages and the bustling activity of the Meierijstad region and surroundings. It’s a great temptation from quayside to kitchen to get off your bike now and then and explore the vicinity. Enjoy a culinary stop at the Proeffabriek (‘Taste factory’) in CHV Noordkade, or Gastronomy with a capital G at Restaurant Wollerich. Follow the route of the Zuid Willemsvaart canal and pick your own vegetables.

Meierijstad is possibly the most enterprising ‘food and feed’ community in Europe. It has a strong agricultural sector with over 700 companies. In addition, industrial Dutch giants such as Jumbo, Sligro, AgriFirm, Friesland Campina, Udea, Mars and Hutten Catering are all based in Meierijstad. Often these are family businesses that have local roots but which have grown internationally. Meierijstad has become an important cradle for the modern food industry, including the Verspillingsfabriek (Waste Factory) expertise centre.

Sights on this route

Starting point: De Noordkade
Verlengde Noordkade 10
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Noordkade was once an industrial complex for producing feed mixers. This former foodstuffs factory is now the setting to discover traces of the past and the present.

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Together with St. John’s Cathedral in ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Grote Kerk church in Breda and the Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom, Kasteel Heeswijk is one of the four official Top Monuments in Brabant.

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Schaapskooi Schijndel
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De Glazen Boerderij
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You will find delicious fresh, homemade products in farm shop Het Zuivelbos. There’s whole milk, yogurt, butter, and more for you to enjoy on the road or at home!

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Noordkade was once an industrial complex for producing feed mixers. This former foodstuffs factory is now the setting to discover traces of the past and the present.

Noordkade
End point: De Noordkade
Verlengde Noordkade 10
5462 EH Veghel
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Story of the route

Starting point: De Noordkade
Verlengde Noordkade 10
5462 EH Veghel
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  • CHV Noordkade Veghel
    Hip industrial heritage
    CHV Noordkade is a one hundred year old animal feed mill in Veghel that has become a popular food and culture hotspot in the region. Where farmers once shook hands, entrepreneurs are now working together on unusual tasting experiences. You can enjoy the most diverse hospitality formulas at a unique heritage location, such as the the Proeffabriek (Sample Factory), the town brewery in Wittern family restaurant and the unique Sillyfox. This heritage is clearly visible in the complex. Old factory machinery, lamps made from grain hoppers, and spaces with names such as Afzakkerij and Koekbouw recount the tales from this unique place. Look up in the entrance to the Proeffabriek and you will see the old clock from ‘s-Hertogenbosch railway station hanging there. In this way, the past, present and future come together in CHV Noordkade.
    The story of CHV De Noordkade goes back a long way. The Boxteler Bahn, or German railway line, the tram line from s-Hertogenbosch to Helmond and construction of the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal in 1826 provided Veghel with particularly easy accessibility, ensuring that it grew to become an important transport centre for the region. The Noordkade was therefore designated as the ideal location for the first large grain silo built by the Coöperatieve Handels Vereniging (Cooperative Trade Association) in 1915; an organisation that was formed as an initiative to support needy farmers. The construction of a large industrial site with many different styles of building was started at the canal quayside. To this very day this results in an unusual mixture of industrial heritage for food and cultural experiences in a unique setting.
  • Castle Heeswijk
    Castle (Kasteel) Heeswijk is an official Brabants Fietscafé; a Brabant Bicycle Café. In these bicycle cafés, cyclists are made to feel especially welcome! You can stop by for a delicious bite to eat or a refreshing drink, and make use of facilities such as a repair kit, bicycle pump and e-bike charging station. These bicycle cafés can be recognised by the hexagonal 'Brabants Fietscafé' sticker on the window.
  • Sillyfox
    Gastronomy in the extreme
    SILLYFOX Restaurant is located at a height of 32 metres in the unique setting of CHV Noordkade; pure industrial heritage. Guests are pampered with views of the region from the impressive roof terrace by chef Joppe Sprinkhuizen and his team. They are inspired by contrasts, and work on a formula that revolves around surprises and experimentation based on craftmanship. SILLYFOX is recommended in the 2020 edition on the Dutch MICHELIN Guide and scored 14 out of 20 points in Gault&Millau 2020.
  • Le Verre
    Drinks in a long gabled glass
    De Glazen Boerderij (The Glass Farmhouse) is located in the middle of the market place in heart of the town of Schijndel. The market place had been empty for a long time, partly due to the bombing during Operation Market Garden at the end of the Second World War. The architect Winy Maas from the MVRDV firm of architects, who was also responsible for designing the iconic Market Hall in Rotterdam, decided that something needed to be done. After more than 30 years, with dozens of heated debates and seven designs later, this wish became reality.
    There are glass panels printed both on the inside and the outside of the farmhouse with images of a typical long gabled farmhouse from Schijndel. Trees and countryside are featured on the outer wall of the farmhouse. Grand Café Le Verre is housed inside the Glass Farmhouse: a place that will guarantee a pleasant and hospitable welcome in a unique setting.
  • De Schaapskooi
    Native breeds and local beer
    De Schaapskooi (Sheepfold) is located in Het Groene Woud nature reserve and is a stopping-off place for cyclists and walkers. The native breeds are the showpiece of the Sheepfold: Drente, Veluwe and Kempen heathland sheep, as are other domestic breeds such as the Schoonebekers and the Zwartblessen. The herd preserves the natural character of the Wijboschbroek and Smaldonk areas. Anyone interested in knowing how this works can join the shepherd and the herd on a walk. Cattle, chickens and bees are also kept in the Sheepfold, and they also have a fruit and vegetable garden and an orchard. There are many authentic buildings in the grounds, such as the Flemish barn, reconstructed in 2002, where the herd can be found in the lambing season. There is also a barn for the farm carts where you can enjoy a snack or a drink, such as Sheepfold Beer, brewed to an original recipe using its own hops.
  • De Helden van Kien
    Gastronomic peasant life
    In the 1930s, the Arbeidslust farm belonging to Jacob Kien was used to transform the waste land in the area into agricultural land. It was heavy work. Jacob wanted a place where his farm workers, his ‘Helden van Kien’ (Kien’s Heroes) could gather together after work to enjoy Sint-Oedenrode and its local products.
    Many people from Sint-Oedenrode and the surrounding area have happy youthful memories of the summers they spent in the local park. The renovated Kienehoef Regional Park opened in 2006. Visitors can be introduced to the Brabant country life and enjoy the park, the playground, boating lake and petting farm. The kitchen garden behind Kien’s Heroes Pavilion supplies the restaurant’s kitchen with fresh ingredients.
  • Restaurant Wollerich
    A gastronomic experience
    The rustic villa of Restaurant Wollerich is located in the centre of the town of Sint-Oedenrode, Meierijstad. Under the auspices of chef Gerard and hostess Meriam Wollerich, the team have been producing the most wonderful creations since 1996. They do this using their passion for turning every gastronomic adventure into a feast. Chef Wollerich has received a Michelin star for many years and was awarded 17 out of 20 points by Gault&Millau. Wollerich has every right to describe itself as one of the most renowned restaurants in North Brabant.
  • Van Hoof Zachtfruit & Asperges
    Own cultivation and farm shop
    What started in 1990 for Annie van Hoof as just one hectare of asparagus as a hobby, has grown to become a progressive and sustainable family business with ‘On the way to PlanetProof’ as its motto. Passed on from mother to the youngest son Maarten, Van Hoof Zachtfruit & Asperges has been cultivating asparagus in the ideally suitable Rooi sandy ground for 30 years. They were nominated as the best producers of asparagus in Brabant on two occasions. The first raspberry field was planted in 2004. Not long after that other soft fruits such as blueberries, red currants and blackberries were added. In addition to freshly picked fruit, the farm shop also sells conserves, jams and fruit juices.
  • Bij Kato
    Make friends with the Berkhout pig
    The pig farm from the Van den Berkmortel family has its own in-house production line, and is committed to the welfare of the animals and the viability of the region. You can learn about the Bij Kato story during a Farm Tour and discover what the life of a Berkhout pig is like. Bij Kato is named after Oma (Grandma) Dekkers. She was 103 and had witnessed many developments on the farm during her life. She always had the coffee ready and discussions around the kitchen table were often about the life of the farmers. That same kitchen table can still be admired during the Farm Tour.
  • Farm shop Het Zuivelbos
    Welcome to Het Zuivelbos. A quiet, serene setting where cows graze amidst the farmlands. You can taste this authenticity in the fresh products. All handmade at Het Zuivelbos farm! Come and visit the farm, have a chat with the farmer, wave at the cows in the stables, or go exploring in the meadow. You will find delicious fresh, homemade products in the farm shop. There’s whole milk, yogurt, butter, and more for you to enjoy on the road or at home!
  • Gasthuishoeve Streekbeleving
    Versatile regional experiences under one roof
    You can sample the genuine ambiance of rural Brabant life: quaint craftsmen’s houses, cafes, hay barns and good cooking with friendly service in the indoor part of the Gasthuishoeve (Guest House). Inside these atmospheric surroundings there is a rich variety of activities and facilities, such as a beer brewery and patisserie. When the weather is not so good, you can enjoy the warmth of the sun in the Mediterranean Garden Room with its tropical plants, pools and private seating. The Gasthuishoeve will be happy to serve any group with a delicious lunch or a cup of coffee.
  • Pluktuin Miss Hyacinth
    A piece of nature
    The tea room, pick-your-own flower garden and Miss Hyacinth patio is located in the recreational area of Vlagheide in Sint-Oedenrode. More than 80 types of perennial and annual plants are available in the pick-your-own garden, all of which look good in a vase. Create your own bouquet and pick the flowers you think are the most beautiful. By prior arrangement you can enjoy high tea or lunch in the tea room afterwards, which will be served in the large garden surrounded by beautiful countryside.
  • Het Goeie Leven
    If you like the idea of something tasty to eat or drink in a unique and attractive location, you’ll quickly get in a holiday mood at Het Goeie Leven (The Good Life) bistro. You can enjoy delicious drink, lunch or dinner. They cook according to the season and the time. From healthy bowls to unusual soups and, of course, the Good Life Burger.
End point: De Noordkade
Verlengde Noordkade 10
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