Dutch Fest Brings Big Culture to the Southwest Suburbs

September 26, 2014

Save the date!  The 20th Annual Elim Dutch Festival is Saturday, September 26, 2015!

The Elim Dutch Festival offers something for everyone !


7:30 – 10a Pancake Breakfast (donations accepted)
8a – 4p Stores & Ticket Booths Open
9a – 4p Games & Petting Zoo
9a – 4p Chair Massages ($5 for 10 minutes)
9 – 9:30a Dutch Organ
9:30 – 10:20a Parade & Opening Ceremonies (main stage)
10a – 12:30p Elim Experience (Door B14 behind Dutch Shops)
10:15 – 10:30a Elim Choir (main stage)
10:30 – 10:45a Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
10:45 – 11:30a Hark Up Choir &Down Home Horns
11a – 2p Pony Rides (behind main stage tent)
12 – 12:30p Dutch Organ
12 – 12:45p Ben's Bubble Show
12:45 – 1:30p Hark Up Choir & Down Home Horns
1 – 1:45p Ben's Bubble Show
1:30 – 1:45p Elim Adult Worship Team (main stage)
1:45 – 2:30p Hark Up Choir & Down Home Horns
2:30 – 3p Dutch History Live Wooden Shoe Dancers (store area)
3 – 4p Dutch Organ
Schedule subject to change


Children will enjoy the petting zoo, magic show, face-painting, Kid’s carnival, and musical entertainment throughout the day.

Adults will love the Christmas collectibles, delft, unique Dutch groceries, baked goods, Farmer’s Market, and Wooden Shoe Carver.  

Everyone will enjoy Dutch treats such as oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts), poffertjes (little treats), rodekool (red cabbage), pea soup, pigs-in-a-blanket, banket (pastry with almond filling) and hutspot (beef and potatoes).  For more conventional appetites – hamburgers, pizza by the slice, bratwurst, hot dogs, turkey subs, pie slices, brownie sundaes, caramel apple delights, walking tacos, popcorn, coffee and soft drinks are all available.

The day begins at 7:30 am with a home cooked pannekoeke (pancake) breakfast.  The Dutch Village shops open at 8 am and the children's games and Petting Zoo open at 9 am.  There will be entertaining performances by the Hark Up Choir & Down Home Horns, Elim's Choirs, Ben's Bubble Show, and the Dutch dancers doing klompendanskunst (Dutch clogging).  The Festival's events end at 4 pm.

The Elim Dutch Festival takes place on the campus of Elim Christian Services in Crestwood, Illinois (13020 S. Cenral Avenue, Crestwood, IL 60418). Admission is free.  Free parking with shuttle bus service is also provided.  You can find out more about promoting your business at the Dutch Festival (through event sponsorship) by clicking here!  The 2014 Dutch Festival Event Sponsors included:  Buikema Law Group LLC, Fifth Third Bank, Linenger Wealth Management LLC, Nicor Home Solutions, Outsource IT Solutions Group, Providence at Home, The Horton Group, The Private Bank, and Scott's Garage.

All proceeds benefit Elim Christian Services!  Elim’s mission is to equip children and adults with disabilities to achieve to their highest God-given potential.  Elim pursues this mission by providing educational, vocational, therapeutic, and residential services to over 1,000 persons with developmental disabilities.


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