Biesland Dagen (Biesland Days)
Biesland Days is a two-day farm festival that takes place where the woods of Delft (Delftse Hout) and Den Haag (Biesland Bos) meet. We learned about it when giant cow signs went up all along our cycling route in Delftse Hout.
The event takes place in several locations, all are cycling distance from each other. There is a hayride that runs between locations so you could take a ride if you did not want to load up your bicycle.
We easily spent all of Saturday there. The festival had tons of animals, music, food and activities for the kids to enjoy. The scattered rain showers had no impact on the crowd. We wisely donned our rain boots like the rest of the crowd and went on with our day.
The center of the festival was our lovely farm (Hoeve Biesland), where we have been getting our eggs, milk, meat and produce since we moved here. (Click here to watch a video of us filling our own Liter milk jugs.) Nearby, there were some activities for the kids. H most enjoyed catching creatures in the canal. Kids were given a net and a bucket with which to catch bugs, crayfish, small fish and snails. H scooped up the largest snail of the day so his catch was proudly displayed in the aquarium. Another activity was log-cutting. H was too young for this, but he was able to pick a log slice to paint and keep. There was a field with toys – a petting zoo – pony rides and just about anything else you could imagine at a local festival. The local hunters were smoking Canada goose meat to taste. A dairy was sampling their kefir and cheese. And there was a rope swing in a hay loft – pretty much the coolest thing ever.
The real benefit of Biesland Dagen is that it gave us the chance to peek inside a handful of local businesses. We know our neighborhood and our neighbors better.
I’m already looking forward to this event again next year!
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