Festival Update


The 2017 Gazelle Holland Festival was featured in the March edition of the Dutch Courier.
This article gives an update to the Dutch community of Australia about the sponsors, food, vendors, and other aspects of the festival.
Full article is below, or read the full article in a pdf here.

Holland Festival April 8th 2017 – Sponsors get on Board – Website launched – Vendors, Entertainers & Exhibitors signed up

Ready, Set, Go!

The 2017 Holland Festival will be known as the Gazelle Holland Festival after Gazelle Bicycles was given naming rights for their sponsorship contribution to the Festival to be held at the Berwick showgrounds on Saturday April 8th 2017.


At the time of writing 15 other sponsors – some in cash and some in kind – are also on board and are providing a wonderful impetus to something that is growing by the day and almost seems to have a life of its’ own.
Other sponsors to date are:
  • Scholten, Collins
  • McKissock Financial Advisers
  • Tesselaars and Broersen of Silvan
  • Van Dieman Bulbs in Wynyard Tasmania
MiCare (formerly DutchCare) who as well as running the inside kitchen through their subsidiary Windmeals, will provide Orange T-shirts to make the volunteers instantly recognizable.
Stockade Productions who has of ered to handle all our internet requirements and assist with modernising the “lookof the Festival – all pro bono.
  • JDT – the Character Girl – graphic designer
  • Dutch Bike Tours in Holland
  • Wood & iron Design
  • Kees & Nelly Klep
  • Peter Abel
  • Alfons Melenhorst
  • Titiana de Vries – Haremaker
After many meeting and countless emails and phone calls the organisers now feel the “packageis nearly complete. With the friendly advice and support of many of the previous committee-members, organisers and participants, the new committee, can now proudly announce that they are very ready to run a wonderful, enjoyable event.

New Website and Look

A new logo and look has been designed by JDT – the Character Girl and a new website and Facebook page by Chaedy Ritherton of Stockade Prouctions . Chaedy who has Dutch parentage has been amazing and has donated weeks of her time to create what we believe is a great website – GRATIS – “as it is for charity and the Dutch community”.
Just three more things are now required:
  • More volunteers would be very, very welcome (please go to our website – www.hollandfestival.org.au to register or email: info@hollandfestival.org.au or call Paul on 0414 602919)
  • We need to implement our marketing plans
  • We need a lovely, balmy Melbourne Autumn day
We can’t do much about the last item, but we do intend to do our best with the first two.
A new Incorporated Association has been registered as “The Holland Festival Inc”, which will operate and be responsible for all facets of the event. (The members of the incorporated association are all members of the Rotary Club of Monash Inc.) and all work will be performed by volunteer members, family, friends and others from the general public who have kindly volunteered to assist. As it will be a long day, volunteers will work 4-5 hour shifts, which gives them plenty of time to enjoy the Festival as well. All profits will go to charity.
The Gazelle Holland Festival aims to be not just for the Dutch but for their many descendants and their descendents and we also aim to make this a multi-cultural event that the wider Aussie community will come to and enjoy.

Interesting History

When we wrote our article in the November 2016 Dutch Courier announcing the Holland Festival, we spoke about the fact that in 1975 Community leaders “Ype de Bruin (former President of the Association) and Roelof Rolleman (former President of the Holland Festival) were 2 of the 3 people who had a lot to do with origins of The Festival”. Well we had a meeting just a few weeks ago with the DAHC and the Abel Tasman Club and in 2017, 42 years later, they were both present and are still very much involved as leaders in the Dutch Community. Now that’s longevity!

Food & Drink

We mention this every month, but the one thing in common all Dutch people have is their love of Dutch food. For many it is one of the main reasons for going to Holland on a regular basis. Foods that will be available are:
  • Hot foods such as Stampoten Rookworst and Hutspot
  • Bahmi Goreng
  • Croquettes and bitterballed
  • Broodje paling en haaring,
  • Frikandellen speciaal,
  • Huzarensla,
  • Broodje f llet americain
  • and kapsalon snack,
  • Chicken satay & satay sauce on rice,
  • Kibbeling
  • Olliebollen,
  • Patat frites with the all the different sauces and toppings
  • Kaas souffes.
  • Warm fresh Stroopwafers
  • Poffertjes
  • Appelgebak, and two types of Limburgse Vlaai
  • Old, young, medium and spiced Gouda, Edam and Leyden
  • Beers, wines and some spirits
  • A huge range of groceries from the Winkel.


There will be almost continuous entertainment, both inside the 200 seat Akoonah centre and outside on the lawns. MC’s will be Yvone Davis, Jopie Witzand from SBS Dutch Radio and Erik Rubens from Community radio.
We have a beautiful singer, Tayla Bennet Hullin who will quietly serenade those enjoying themselves inside during much of the afternoon. The Dutch Choir will perform a medley of Dutch songs both on the inside and outside stages Soprano Titiana de Vries – Haremaker will sing light operatic songs, Peter Abel will perform solo outside. The Frankston City Brass Band will perform outside, and lead a parade mid afternoon as will The Riffleers and a Dutch Folk Dancing Group – De Tukkers. In the evening inside we will have a band that will hopefully encourage the dancers in the room to trip the light fantastic. And More!!!
We are still planning the parade – Yes!! There will be a parade. Children under 10 will be able to enjoy rides for a minimal fee – $5 for unlimited rides all afternoon. There will be other things to do for kids of all ages. – Sand painting, giant cow milking, a giant soccer lion to kick footballs through and more. And a one-man-band will roam the Festival entertaining every where.


We are planning a major Sjoelbak competiton in 3 grades. Pre-teen, teen and adult. There will be $5000 in prizes to be won including brand new Gazelle bicycles in each division. There will be cultural exhibitors with artists, authors, educators and a major Dutch Australian Heritage Centre Museum Exhibit that includes costumes from all the Dutch Provinces except the newly created Flevoland. The largest wooden clog in the Southern hemisphere will be there. The whole family can get in there for a photo opportunity.


We have over 30 Dutch related vendors with such items as Glamorous Tents, and Wooden Furniture, Dutch souvenirs and Wooden Tulips. There will be a large Dutch grocery store which had traditionally been run my B & H the Dutch food importers which has now become part of the Australia wide Botany Food group and while they will still supply much of the food, will this year be run by Touch of Dutch of Berwick, which has decided to close its shop and café, because “everyone will be going to the festival anyway – it is only 2km away…. You will be able to buy a sjoelbak there. We are still contacting Dutch companies and companies with Dutch connections and hope to increase that number DutchTV (Channel 31) and SBS Dutch Radio will also be there.


100% of the proceeds of the day will be donated to various charities. The exact details have not been decided as yet but will be very transparently communicated before the event.

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