On Friday, March 31, Alkmaar’s Cheese Market will be the first market in the country to usher in the Dutch cheese market season, continuing a centuries-old tradition. For tourists from Egmond looking for an authentic day out, the Alkmaar Cheese Market is an absolute must-see.

The Cheese Carriers Guild, which has existed for over 430 years, will showcase their knowledge and skills of the cheese carrier trade for a season under the guidance of Cheese Father Willem Borst. At 10 a.m., the season will be officially launched with the ringing of the Cheese Bell by international singer Karsu. With her unique blend of pop, jazz and Turkish music, Karsu is known worldwide and is known for her commitment to helping earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey.

For the residents of the municipality of Alkmaar, the Alkmaar Cheese Market is more than just a tradition. Since the Hatay earthquake, they have been engaged in fundraising activities to support the victims. Gemeente Alkmaar even deposits €1.- per resident into the Giro 555 Foundation to support relief efforts in the disaster areas.

For tourists

As a tourist, you can visit the cheese market from Egmond and there is also plenty to do around the Cheese Market. More than 175,000 people visit this colorful event annually, and the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday morning from March 31 through Sept. 29, 2023.

The market is also surrounded by atmospheric craft markets centered on local products. In July and August, there are even evening cheese markets on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The Alkmaar Cheese Market thus offers tourists the perfect opportunity to learn about Dutch cheese tradition and immerse themselves in the local culture.