If you enjoy insights into culinary traditions and regional heritage it’s well worth taking a look at Gouda’s long-established weekly cheese market. Every Thursday during the summer months (subject to weather), locals don traditional costumes to convey how the Gouda cheese market was in bygone times. You’ll see a dozen or so people dressed as farmers, maids in lace bonnets and red aprons as well as cheese shop owners wearing white jackets and flat caps. Men recreate intense price negotiations between cheese producing farmers and buyers. It’s a dramatic and historically accurate scene.

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