Pigs in the city? Of course! Het Spilvarken was founded by a few city dwellers who wanted to combine their love for city farming and the need for more consciousness about the food chain and food waste – ‘spil‘ refers to both waste and pivot, and ‘varken‘ means pig. As an experiment they put 3 pigs in the city centre of Ghent and enthused 40 neighbours into feeding and maintaining the pigs, thus raising a dynamic debate on (meat) consumption and the food industry.
You can find the pigs not too far from the city center in one of Ghent’s southern neighbourhoods. The pigs’ main job is to eat and sleep. But maybe you’re lucky and you see them playing around and having fun. It has become a popular hang out spot where you can take your drinks or picnic. You will feel like being in the countryside in the middle of the city.
And most of all: you will be surrounded by locals!