Holland heads to Hempstead for Hofstra’s Dutch Festival

Trinkets for sale at Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival (LIR Photo by Amber Spiotti)

Hofstra University hosted its 29th annual Dutch Festival May 6 on the university’s south campus.

The event featured live bands, entertainment for children, dozens of vendors, a plant sale and authentic Dutch food.

Phillip George of “A Taste of Holland” offered a variety of treats to customers.

“Our candy and foods authentic and sent from the Netherlands,” he said. “We felt it was natural that we be here to represent the old country.”

Trinkets for sale at Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival (LIR Photo by Amber Spiotti)

Trinkets for sale at Hofstra’s annual Dutch Festival (LIR Photo by Amber Spiotti)

Though not all vendors represented traditional Dutch culture, many attended the festival to peak a different interest in shoppers. Gina Santoriello, owner of GiGi Marie Soap Company, introduced a handmade organic soap.

“I know my table has little to do with the Dutch theme but the point of today is culture,” Santoriello said. “Different types of vendors represent a blending of cultures, and that is what today is all about.”

The event drew in residents from surrounding Long Island neighborhoods that enjoyed the live music of several bands, including New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band and East Side Trio.

The music could be heard all over the south side of campus and was noticed by even the youngest attendees.

I love hearing the trumpets and all the music,” said Elijah Davis, 7, of East Meadow. “It makes everything so much more fun.”