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Celebrate King Willem-Alexander's Birthday with the Dutch
If you missed the Dutch Festival last year, then set the date for this year's premier Dutch event. This festival has been running since 1994 and gets bigger and better every year and with this year being King Willem-Alexander's 50th birthday, the celebrations are sure to be bigger than ever.
Known as Koningsdag, the King's Birthday is celebrated in the Netherlands each year on 27 April. This year the Dutch Club located at 19-21 Greenfields Drive, Green Fields will host South Australia's Dutch Festival on Sunday 29 April 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm. This is your opportunity to dispel or confirm the rumours that the Dutch really know how to party!
Dutch Festival 2017 - Photo: Bruce Vandersluis Images
Dutch culture is centuries old with wonderful traditions and amazing food. In the Netherlands, the day is a National holiday and large scale celebrations are held with concerts and special events such as the vrijmarkt (massive flea market) where bric-a-brac is sold on the streets and no taxes need to be paid.
The Dutch Festival brings those traditions here to Australia, with the Dutch Club packing their grounds with as many market stalls as they can. There will be great Dutch food such as olliebollen (little fried balls of doughy goodness) , krokettes (deep fried crumbed meat and potato) and poffertjes (little pancakes) made fresh and available to purchase, along with stalls with Dutch take home goods such as speculaas (windmill biscuits), stroopwaffels (waffles with syrup), drop (salty licorice) and gifts. There will be Dutch drinks such as Oranje bitter, beers and spirits to purchase.
There will be traditional games to play, live music and entertainment, kids entertainment, arts and craft and face painting.
The Dutch commonly dye their hair orange or wear orange clothing during this celebration to honour the House of Orange-Nassau, which has played a central role in political life of the Netherlands throughout history and is integral to the development of the independent Dutch state.
Take the opportunity to dress up in your best oranje (orange) and come along to the best Dutch celebration of the year! This is a major event for Dutch and Dutch alike, and is not to be missed! Parking will be available in the surrounding streets or see Adelaide Metro for public transport options.