When the Brussels hero Serclaes got attacked and killed by followers of the Lord of Gaasbeek , the people from Brussels moved to the Castle of Gaasbeek to get revenge. After a siege of 5 weeks they finally conquered the building and burned it down. During this battle, the people of Brussels ate so many chickens, that they received the title “kiekenfretters” (= chickeneater in the local dialect)

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