It would be incorrect to label the food that they offer as “fast food”. As a rule, these sellers offer dozens of seafood kinds, starting from the ever popular herring or roasted cod to smoked eel, mussels, and shrimps. The prices are quite attractive at such food kiosks. It would cost only 4-5 euro to buy a moderately sized pack of mussels. These kiosks also offer French fries that are so popular in many countries of the world. As a rule, locals eat fried potatoes with different sauces.
Every year, an interesting food festival takes place in the city at the beginning of August. The event is known as Haarlem Culinair. During the festival, numerous restaurants in the city and its suburbs offer everyone to try their best food. The price of many delicacies and exclusive signature dishes can be ten times lower during the festival. As Haarlem Culinair is primarily targeted at the regional cuisine, it is a great opportunity to try the locally sourced food. Sampling fine wine and high-quality Dutch beer is an essential part of this popular event. The majority of festive events take place on Grote Markt. The square changes its look for the event, and numerous stalls and food sampling tables appear on it. The main gastronomic celebration of the city always goes hand in hand with music performances and other interesting entertainments.
Perhaps, Jopen Bier Jopenkerk brewery is the most unusual gastronomic symbol of Haarlem. This brewery is open in a former church. Nowadays, it has become one of the most unusual landmarks of the city. There is a small restaurant in the same building with the church. It offers not only beer produced in the brewery but also many popular types of national dishes.