Food Festivals in the North of the Netherlands this summer

This summer, get out and experience all the tastes of the world from the comfort of the north of the Netherlands. Across the three provinces Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe, there is are a whole host of food festivals and events happening during the summer months offering a huge variety of culinary dishes.

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Useful links and information for newcomers

If you are new to the North of the Netherlands and are feeling a bit out of your depth below is a list of some useful websites where you can gain additional information (generally in English).

Connect International has worked for over 20 years with the international community in the North of the Netherlands.  Our ultimate goal is to help internationals coming to live in the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe to feel at home as quickly as possible.

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May 2019 Important Dates & Holidays

  • 1st May – Labour Day (Dag van de Arbeid)
  • 4th May – Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you)
  • 4th May – Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking)
  • 5th May – Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag)
  • 5th May – Cinco de Mayo
  • 5th May – 4th June – Ramadan
  • 12th May – Mothers Day (Moederdag)
  • 30th May – Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag)
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April 2019 Important Dates & Holidays

  • 1st April – April Fool’s Day
  • 14th April – Palm Sunday
  • 18th April – Secretary Day (Secretaressedag )
  • 19th April – Good Friday
  • 19th April – Passover begins at sundown, lasts 8 days
  • 21st April – Easter Sunday (1e Paasdag)
  • 22nd April – Easter Monday (2e Paasdag)
  • 26th April – Arbor Day
  • 27th April – Kings Day (Koningsdag)
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Traditional Dutch clothing

You are most likely familiar with the iconic pointed curly hat, long dress and apron worn by the stereotypical Dutch girl. This particular image of traditional clothing is not the only one, there are in fact countless variations, with regions throughout the Netherlands having their own signature style. And while you may not see them in the big cities, there are many communities where traditional clothing is worn every day.

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