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vrijdag 15 september 2017

Dutch Network News: Sinterklaas is looking for a venue

Netherlands Association "Je Maintiendrai" 's

Dutch Network
September 2017

September Edition

This is the September edition of the monthly newsletter of the Dutch Network for Greater Vancouver. 

Enjoy reading this newsletter!

Upcoming Pub Nights

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Pub Nights! It's an excellent time to maintain your Dutch and socialize with other people in the community, while enjoying great food and drinks.

  • Wednesday, September 20th: From 7.30 pm at New Oxford Pub in Vancouver, 1144 Homer Street.
  • Wednesday, October 4th: From 7.30 pm at London Bull Pub in Langley, unit B - 20090 91A Avenue.

Please confirm your attendance in the Meetup group, via WhatsApp, or by emailing events@dutchnetwork. ca.

Dutch Language School "De Esdoorn" accepting new students

The Dutch school is accepting students as of September 2017.

They provide Dutch language and culture courses for students aged 4-12. Older children are welcome too.

Courses are taught to children who speak and understand Dutch, and children who do not speak it (yet).

Locations: New Westminster and Vancouver. If there is enough interest, it will be possible to also teach at another location within the Lower Mainland.

For more information about the lessons, please contact De Esdoorn:

Website: http://www.esdoorn. ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/
Email: info@esdoorn. ca
Phone: 778-996-1720

Sinterklaas is looking for a venue - urgent!

Sinterklaas has announced that he would like to visit the Lower Mainland again but unfortunately, the location we have been able to use for the last several years, will no longer be available to us.

Therefore, we would like to use this newsletter to ask you if you have any suggestions for an alternative location to welcome Sinterklaas in 2017 or perhaps you know someone who might have a suggestion?
The location should be large enough to host approx. 550 visitors and have enough parking for approx. 200 cars and/or be close to the transit system.

The Sinterklaas committee is a non-profit entity and the funds are therefore limited to pay for rent etc. 

We heard rumours that Sinterklaas was thinking about visiting us on November 25, so time is of the essence.

Please let us know if you, or someone you know, can help us out. Just send us an email with the location, contact name and information and we will do the rest.
Thanks so much for your help!

Met hartelijke groet,

The Sinterklaas Committee (

Fort Langley Dutch Bike Ride on September 16th

Our next cycle trip is on Saturday, September 16th. The Dutch Bicycling club is hosting a beautiful ride around Fort Langley.

Host: Mieke Quinn (778) 294-8984 or email: snippie@shaw. ca.

Time: we will meet at 10:00 am at Derby Reach Regional Park Edgewater Park for an 10:30 am departure.

Parking: Free parking is available at the Parking Lot

Length of Bike Ride: the distance is approx. 25 km.

Lunch: lunch will be held at a cafe/bistro, location dependent on the number of cyclists.

For more information:

Check our website for more information:

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, September 16th!

Please RSVP to Mieke Quinn at snippie@shaw. ca if you plan to participate in the bike ride.

Spots available at Dutch Preschool

Dutch preschool (Hollandse Peuter Groep) has spots for new children, starting in September.

Dutch Preschool (Hollandse Peuter Groep): Given by a retired Kindergarten/Preschool teacher, for maximum of five children 2 to 5 years of age, usually on the 1st & 4th Monday of each month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon).

There is story time, music, crafts and playtime, all in Dutch. There is a $3 charge per child for snacks and craft materials. The location is in north Surrey near King George & 96th Avenue. For more information call Rita at 604-585-2685.

Recipe Dutch Boterkoek / Buttercake

Dutch Buttercake (Boterkoek) . This is a moist, soft butter cake, famous in the Netherlands. Often served with a cup of coffee. Easy to make and very popular!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 – 30 minutes
You will need:
A 23 cm / 9 inch tin with a removable base or use parchment paper.

300 g plain flour
200 g white caster sugar (or superfine sugar)
1 small bag vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
250 g butter
½ egg

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas 4. Grease and line your tin.

2. Mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add the beaten egg to the mixture but LEAVE a teaspoon or so in the bowl for glazing at the end. Combine egg with the mixture, and add the flour. Combine until smooth.

4. Place mixture in the baking tin and gently push evenly with your hands or back of a spoon. Get it level.

5. Use a fork and score the surface of the mix in a criss cross pattern, like the photo.

6. Mix the teaspoon of egg with a teaspoon of water, and brush on top of the buttercake.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until just golden and test with a toothpick it comes out clean.


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