Belgium seeks to have potato fries declared cultural heritage

There are few things people agree on in linguistically divided Belgium, but an effort to get Belgian potato fries recognized as global cultural heritage and put it on a par with Peking opera and the Argentinian tango may get unequivocal support. Belgian fries are traditionally sold, in a paper cone, in a “fritkot”, generally a shack or trailer. There are some 5,000 of these in Belgium, making them 10 times more common, per capita. than McDonald’s restaurants in the United States. To become recognized by the United Nations’ cultural arm Unesco, they need to be endorsed by a minister of culture, and Belgium has three of them….READ MORE.