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Portable village brings a touch of Dutch Culture

Portable village brings a touch of Dutch Culture To see windmills and tulips, you won’t have to get on a plane to travel to Holland in October as a piece of the Netherlands is coming here.

“Holland Village”, a collection of traditional crafts, food, and traditions, will come to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time and be open to visitors at 23/9 Park from October 22-31 to give visitors an insight into Dutch lifestyle and customs.

The village that has traveled all over the world has 12 traditional Dutch houses with traditional gables and a life-size windmill which is 10 meters high.

It will have typical old Dutch attractions, including a fish stand, a cheese stand, and street organ. Try the Dutch herrings, a favorite type of raw pickled fish in Holland, plus the stroopwafels (Dutch syrup waffle cookies) and cheese.

Also see for yourself how Dutch craftsmen make wooden clogs, do glass blowing and discover Dutch floricultural products made by professional artists who are difficult to meet even in the Netherlands.

Eat a plate of freshly baked Poffertjes, a type of Dutch pastry made from the original recipe dating back to 1795. Cooked by a member of Lubica van Wijk family who has been operating a Poffertjes cart for more than 25 years, the pastries are as authentic as they get. The original recipe has been passed down for generations in her family and is a closely guarded family secret.

At the Village, artist Frans Limpens will give demonstrations of glass blowing. “You name it and I will produce it. The lungs of a man for a surgeon, music instruments for musicians, mascots for football-fans and animals as collector’s items,” the artist says in a statement.

“All of these objects are made with a glass-torch and special equipment made out of glass tubes with different diameter and glass bars. By blowing and handling the melted glass all kind of objects can be created,” adds Limpens.

A stroll alongside traditionally costumed Dutch characters; daily shows on the open-air stage; floral workshops and accordionists playing Dutch music will all liven up the 10-day festival. At 3:30pm, 5:30pm and 7:30pm every afternoon, Dutch traditional costume shows will take place, followed by sponsors’ interactive programs with visitors, such as an ironing competition. Competitions, including milking, will be held for children to have more knowledge of the Netherlands.

The admission to the Village is free and about 300,000 visitors are expected.

Holland Village was built in 1980 to promote Dutch agricultural products in Germany. It was deployed about four times per year in the major cities of Germany.

Since 1989 it has been deployed all over the world, starting in Japan (Osaka) and later in Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, France, Austria, USA and a number of other countries.

Holland Village is being brought to Vietnam by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in HCMC with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality in the Netherlands to promote trade and Dutch brands. (Source: SGT)

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