This Easter long weekend, go Dutch at the annual St. Marys Dutch Festival to be held at the Rembrandt Dutch Club. If the thought of dealing with massive crowds, long queues, parking prices and spending way too much money at the Royal Easter Show terrifies you, then the Dutch Festival might be your glass of Heineken. This celebration of Dutch culture is a far, far more humble event.
The festival's focus is very much on eating and drinking. Dutch food is often labelled as stodgy but try the various meat croquets, fricandels (kind of a spicy minced meat hot dog) with lashings of mustard and you won't be disappointed. Dutch chips are made to have with mayonnaise.
Dutch sweets such as ole bollen (Dutch donuts) and the ever present poffertjes (mini pancakes) are eaten with a liberal sprinkling of icing sugar.
If you're brave, try some smoked eel and pickled herring and wash it all down with some classic Dutch beer while listening to a guy playing some traditional Dutch hits on an accordion.
If that's not enough Dutchness for you, you can check out the clog making and Dutch art work for sale.
This year is especially exciting for all Dutch folk and aficionados of the Dutch Royal family. Prince Willem-Alexander will succeed his mother Queen Beatrix as monarch of the Netherlands on the 30th April and will become the first king of the Netherlands since 1890.
And remember, if you can't go Dutch, you'll have to find someone to pay for you.
I think prices are quite comparable and reasonable compared to other festivals such as Oktoberfest and cheap compared to food festivals. As for attractions, consider heading to the Easter show if you want rides, lines and crowds :o)