Vendors are Getting on Board

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Once again the Gazelle Holland Festival was featured in the Christmas edition of the Dutch Courier. In this article Festival Director, Paul Rubens, talks about the merchants and street food vendors that will be participating in the festival.

Almost daily the excitement and content of the Holland Festival 2017 is growing. While it is still early times the Dutch Food offerings that have been planned are nearly complete. At the time of writing the only missing link is warm STROOPWAFERS, and the organisers are working on that!! The City of Casey that controls the Berwick Showgrounds (Akoonah Park and the Akoonah Centre) are proving to be most co-operative and are told us that they are thrilled to have a Multi Cultural offering that has been a proven success moving to their city. They have already offered to assist with extra outdoor seating and tables and with waste management. The food available will include:
  • Hot food from the excellent commercial kitchen at the Akoonah Centre
  • Rookworst with stampot or hutspot, sate’s and more will be offered
  • Snacks will be sold from eet tentjes outside
  • broodje paling en broodje haaring
  • frikandellen special
  • frite as only the Dutch can make it
  • kroketten
  • huzarensalades
  • broodje fillet americain, broodje
  • kapsalon snack
  • kibbeling
  • bitterballen and
  • kaas souffes
Lovers of sweet items, and who with Dutch heritage doesn’t have a sweet tooth, can enjoy
  • olliebollen
  • limburgse vlaai
  • applegebak
  • poffertjes
  • and if we can get them, the last link: WARME STROOPWAFERS…
There will also be a Kaas winkel where you can buy cheese platters with Edam, goude and jongen Gouda and Komijne Kaas and blocks of cheese to take home. And all this can be washed down with a nice beer, wine, soft drinks, cof ee, tea or Jenever.
  • Continuous entertainment has been planned both inside and outside
  • The Limburger Kangaroos plan to enact their famous Karnival Parade
  • A marching band is still been sought to accompany them
  • There will be a band in the evening performing both Dutch and English songs
  • Singers and choirs have been booked and will perform on both stages – singing in Dutch and English also
  • An all day sjoelbak tournament for all comers is also planned
There is room for a few more entertainers…and we encourage talented entertainers to contact us.
Carnival (Kermis) rides for the littlies are in the process of being booked as well as other entertainment such as a petting zoo and a bouncing castle. But this is still a work in progress – there are still 4 months to go.
The business of contacting and engaging with Dutch businesses, Businesses owned by people of Dutch heritage and importers of Dutch products has begun and we look forward to many of them being involved and having presence at the Festival. Already quite a few have committed to being there, but in this case the more the merrier.
New ideas are sprouting daily and with 4 months there is so much time to do more and better. We are excited about where the journey will lead us.. and pray for a beautiful sunny Melbourne Autumn day.
Contact paulrubens@icloud.com with any ideas you may like to share with us and/or if you would like to be involved as a vendor. exhibitor, sponsor, volunteers and/or anything else…

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