Saturday, May 16, 2015

Dutch Village

While we were at the Tulip Time Festival we also visited Dutch Village where we learned about traditional Dutch culture like how they carve wooden shoes. We also watched a cheesemaking demonstration and sampled a 3 year old Gouda, which we promptly bought. We saw traditional Dutch dancing and costume. We saw how they make Delft pottery, carved candles and saw some antique tulip planting and harvesting equipment. For lunch we tasted real "pigs-in-a-blanket" with German sausage wrapped in puffed pastry and Dutch Apple Pie. We finished the day on Lake Michigan. We found a restaurant right on the water where we had an organic cheese platter, with an onion Cheddar, Dill Havarti and Sharp Cheddar, sausage, grapes and jalapeno jam. We also ordered a platter of Mussels in a white wine broth and goat cheese bruschetta. Our plan was to watch the sunset but there was a storm coming in and the fog was thick. We had a wonderful time!!!

Traditional wooden shoe carving

A circle of sizes to see what fits

Cheese press

Tulip bulb harvester

Delft pottery

Pottery molds

Lake Michigan

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