Holland fest set to celebrate everything Dutch

Shelley and Scott at last year''s Holland Festival. 191471_06. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Brendan Rees

A taste of the Netherlands is set to return to Akoonah Park, Berwick on Saturday 7 March.

The Holland Festival is expected to attract hundreds of people where people of Dutch origins or those with an interest in the Dutch culture can enjoy a great day out with food vendors, stall holders, exhibitions, and of course clog dancing workshops on offer.

Supported by the Rotary Club of Casey, the family-fun event includes performances and displays from artists as well as face painting, pony rides, a fun Dutch ‘shuffle-board game’ for people of all ages, and a petting zoo.

New attractions include a tour of the Netherlands through a virtual reality experience as well as a chance to dress up in your favourite Dutch costume to receive a free printed photo.

The festival is also dog friendly with canine fashionistas encouraged to put their best paw forward in a Dutch costume for the ‘Best dressed Pooch Parade’.

A bar and continuous live entertainment will run from 10.30am until 6pm. There will be bands, choirs, singers and more performing in both Dutch and English.

More than 30 food vendors will offer a variety of food including olliebollen (Dutch Donuts), frikandel (Dutch Sausages), Stroopwafers (Syrup wafers), and Kibbeling (fish bites).

Every cent of profit on the day goes to charity through the Rotary Club of Casey.

Gates open at 10am. To book visit: www.hollandfestival.org.au