My husband and I love doing a hands-on activity to really get into the culture of a place, and the Waffle Workshop with Titch was the perfect way to do so in Brussels. You'll get to make an unlimited amount of delicious Brussels waffles with all the toppings you could want, including fresh fruit, Nutella, fresh-made whipped cream, and lots more!
This is a great activity for all ages, from kids to married couples to seniors, and it's also perfect for a rainy day since the workshop is inside.
The price is amazing for the hour-and-a-half of waffle fun, especially since you also get a lesson, tour, free drink, and unlimited waffles/toppings (that €1 waffle you see offered everywhere on the streets is just a marketing trick!). Make sure to come hungry!
First, you'll meet Titch in Grand Place, where he'll provide a brief overview of the history of Belgian waffles. You'll learn the different types of waffles and the proper way to eat them. Then you'll take a short walk past a bunch of waffle shops (and see the biggest waffle in Brussels!), and Titch continues his interesting lessons and fun facts about all things waffles.
Then it's time to mix, bake, and eat! When you arrive to the waffle workshop, you'll be given a chef's hat and you'll arrive to a room with all ingredients and tools laid out and prepared for you to begin your mastery of the art of waffles. In this class, you'll make Brussels waffles, not street waffles (he'll teach you the difference, so not to worry).
After telling you about the ingredients and the reasons for each of them, Titch will set you free to follow the recipe and begin to make the batter! He's there to help if needed and to supervise everyone's batter so that the waffles always turn out delicious--the perfect blend of fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Everyone gets to participate, pouring and mixing and getting the batter in top shape. After showing you proper waffle iron technique, Titch lets you keep the hot waffles coming! You'll make more waffles than you can possibly eat, but you're allowed to take the extras home! There are tons of toppings, too, so let your imagination run wild and get creative with your waffles.
This is a fun, delicious activity that entertains you, feeds you, and deepens your appreciation and understanding of the tradition of waffles in both Belgium and Brussels specifically. You'll learn why waffles are shaped the way they are, and what the preferred waffle topping was during the Middle Ages, which is when they started to gain popularity. You'll even get a recipe card to take home so you can continue to perfect your Brussels waffles at home. I'd highly recommend this activity when visiting Brussels!
Tip: Brussels Waffle Workshop is friendly to those with dietary restrictions! Give Titch advance notice and he can arrange special accommodations for anyone in the class who may be gluten-free, vegan, etc. A girl in our group was gluten intolerant, and Titch took care to keep her tools and waffle iron separate and free from any trace of gluten.
Another tip: Titch expressed to our group that he may start also offering Belgian chocolate classes in his workshop, so be on the lookout for that class as well!