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Where your best orange and come along to the festival
Have you ever wondered why Dutch people love to party and how they have so much fun? Well, here is your chance. Come along to the Dutch Club SA Annual Dutch Festival at 21 Greenfields Drive, Green Fields on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm.
As part of a Dutch family, I can tell you this brings joy to my heart with a promise of much fun! Dutch culture is centuries old with wonderful traditions and this festival will be heaps of fun. King's Day or Koningsdag is a celebration of the birth of King Willem-Alexander and is held on 27 April each year. During the reign of Queen Juliana and Queen Beatrix, the celebration was known as Queen's Day or Koninginnedag and was celebrated on 30 April.
The traditional celebration is an 'anything goes' event with royal taxes not applying and therefore, citizens line the streets with massive flea markets. The Dutch commonly dye their hair orange or wear orange clothing during this celebration to honour the House of Orange-Nassau. The House of Orange-Nassau has played a central role in political life of the Netherlands for hundreds of years and is integral to the development of the independent Dutch state. There are large scale celebrations with concerts and special events including a vrijmarkt (free market) where bric-a-brac is sold on the streets.
Photo courtesy of Dutch Club SA facebook page
Here in Adelaide, the Dutch Club celebrates in similar style and with festive vibe by hosting the biggest market possible in the space available. There will be entertainment, arts and crafts, traditional Dutch food, Dutch games, live music, children's face painting and so much more. There will be amazing Dutch food to sample such of poffertjes (tiny, fluffy pancakes lashed with butter and sugar or your preferred topping), croquettes (breaded sausages) and so much more.
Croquettes - Photo courtesy of Andy Mabbett. Wikimedia Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
This is a major event for Dutch and non-Dutch alike, and an event not to be missed. Put the date in your diary, put on your orange and come along to the party of the year. You will soon understand why the Dutch put on the best party.