Dunheved festival filled with Dutch delights

WHY break the budget on a trip to the Netherlands when you can get a taste of Dutch on your doorstep this weekend?

Several thousand are expected to flock to Dunheved for the 16th annual Dutch Festival at the Rembrandt Dutch Club in St Marys.

"It's a miniature version of the Sydney Royal Easter Show," club spokeswoman Mia Joosten said.

"We will have food, entertainment, a Ferris wheel and jumping castle for the kids.

"A lot of families can enjoy a day out that is within their budget.

"There is no entry fee and there's a one-off fee of $2 for the kids to go on the rides all day."

There will be clog-making demonstrations, a mobile shooting range, sjoelbakken (shuffleboard), chocolate wheel, lucky dips, fossil and skulls display and flying darts for non-thrill seekers.

"The flying darts is for all ages," Mrs Joosten said. "You won't see it anywhere else in Australia."

It wouldn't be a Dutch festival without sampling delicacies such as kroketten (croquettes), frikandellen (sausages), Dutch doughnuts and poffertjes (mini pancakes).

"You can buy a nice meal for under $10," Mrs Joosten said.

The Dutch festival became an annual tradition at Dunheved in 1999 after the annual NSW Holland Festival in Fairfield folded.

"We still get residents coming up to us to say they'd never heard of the festival until now," Mrs Joosten said.

A free shuttle bus will take people to and from St Marys station.

The festival runs on Friday from 11am until late, on Saturday from 10am until late and on Sunday from 10am until 4pm. The Rembrandt Dutch Club is at 87 Dunheved Circuit, Dunheved.

Details: 9623 2569.

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