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Tulbagh goes Dutch

From clogs to croquetjes, boerenkool to bulbs in full bloom û Indulge in all things deliciously Dutch when the quaint town of Tulbagh enlivens its cultural heritage with nostalgic activities, entertainment by singing Netherlander Stef Bos and endless tussendoortjes during its annual Tulbagh goes Dutch Festival from 12 to 13 April. Festival sponsor, Drostdy Hof wines, brings Dutch icon Stef Bos into its home at the stately De Oude Drostdy Museum and invites festival-goers to an enchanting Garden Concert on its historic grounds at 16h00 on Saturday afternoon, 12 April. During the Festival, visit this neo-classical museum on tractor rides from the hub of the festival in historic Church Street. Enjoy the fine collection of carefully restored period furniture and indulge in spectacular wine tastings by candelight in the underground cellar.

Bring the family and friends and roll out the picnic blanket for a laid-back afternoon of contemporary sounds by award-winning singer/songwriter Stef Bos under the African sky. Born in Holland and living in Belgium, he is adamant that his home is in South Africa, where he sets foot annually to share vocal cords with well-known local musicians such as Koos Kombuis, Amanda Strydom, Tandie Klaasen and the late Johannes Kerkorrel.

Legendary Church Street with its beautiful Cape Dutch style architecture transforms into a kaleidoscope of interesting cultural attractions with appetising spijs and drankje temptations and authentic treasures colouring this historic street.

Sit down to an authentic Rijsttafel luncheon infused with tempting flavours from the East at famous Readers Restaurant and relax outside with an ice-cold Dutch lager in the Heineken Beer Garden where you can enjoy side splitting entertainment when televisionÅs Maak-ën-Las personality Leon Beukes shares his Dutch flavoured humour. Take a tasty trip to Paddagang Restaurant for a traditional Dutch meal plump with rookworst and zoutvlees served with Patatje oorlog and nasi goreng.

Make your way to the Witzenberg Country Inn for a cup of freshly brewed Dutch coffee and traditional pannenkoeken and pamper the senses with a Dutch Floral Display roaming with fresh tulips and irises in the Oude Kerk Volksmuseum.

Strut down Church Street bustling with Dutch delicacies ranging from krakelingen to chunky chocolades, haringbroodjes to creamy cheese from Holland and hit the Tulbagh Wine Route for a palatable lowdown on all the fine local wines.

Pony rides, puppet shows, 3-legged races and koeken happen at the Kids Corner cater for all-day fun for the young ones.

End the weekend with the amicable Choir Festival in the Town Hall on Sunday, 13 April.

Tulbagh goes Dutch - This Festival is truly a Dutch discovery for the entire family!

Tickets to the Stef Bos Garden Concert cost R50 per person and are available at the Tulbagh Tourism Bureau: Tel. (023) 230 1348.