From the first Friday of April to the first Friday of September the Cheese Market in Alkmaar takes place. The market is held between 10:00 and 12:30 every Friday. According to a tradition of almost 400 years the cheeses that are sold by the dealers are carried by the porters’ guild.
The cheeses are weighed at the Waag (the official scales) and put on handbarrows which are carried in a traditional way to the buyers. The scales are located at the cheese museum which presents all the details about making the cheese. Lots of tourists gather every Friday to see the peculiar march of the porters’ guild.