Royal day cel­e­brated

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

The Pan­cake House bought a lit­tle piece of Hol­land to Mata­mata on Sun­day in cel­e­bra­tion of the Dutch Queen’s birth­day.

It was an all-day event with mar­ket stalls, bouncy cas­tles, tra­di­tional dutch games and food, and pan­cake eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

Own­ers Thi­j­men Veen­man and Aukje and Ar­jan de Wilde, along with their staff, went all out to cre­ate a fes­ti­val-like at­mos­phere.

‘‘The Queen’s birth­day is a re­ally big thing in Hol­land,’’ said Mr Veen­man.

‘‘Ev­ery­one dresses up in orange. All the streets turn into lit­tle mar­kets, there’s games ev­ery­where, drink­ing, live mu­sic – we wanted to bring a lit­tle bit of that to the Pan­cake House.’’

Chil­dren were in­vited to set up their own stalls and drinks were on the house for those dressed in orange.

‘‘Peo­ple can come and get out of their com­fort zone and have some fun,’’ said Mrs de Wilde.

Chee­tah: Six-year-old Jay­dyn Robin­son get­ting his face painted by Pan­cake House owner Aukje de Wilde.

Mates: Seb Resink and Ivan de Wilde hav­ing a go at the tra­di­tional dutch game sjoe­len/sjoel­bak.

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