Maastricht is filled with good places to eat. Menus tend to be broadminded, drawing as they do on the culinary traditions of at least three nations -- and that's just those that serve "local" cuisine. The VVV office provides the Maastricht Culinair brochure, for a taste of the best in town.

Eating the Proof -- Pampering its collective stomach is a way of life in Maastricht. A culinary fair, the Preuvenemint, showcases this love affair with food annually during the last weekend of August (Fri-Mon). The Vrijthof is filled with stalls set up by top city restaurants, and visitors pile in. It's accompanied by a live-music program.

Southern Taste -- Look out for locally produced asparagus, dubbed the "white gold of Limburg" (though most folks just call it asparagus), and for vlaai, a handcrafted pie into which goes a lip-smacking quantity of fruit. The province's seven breweries -- Bavaria, Brand, Gulpen, Ridder, Leeuw, Alfa, and Lindeboom -- make beers that are popular around the country. Last, but by no means least, is white wine, produced in modest quantities by the Apostelhoeve and Slavante vineyards near Maastricht, in the southernmost sliver of the Netherlands, close by the Belgian border.

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