I found out about the Frank Festival the day before it happened, through Yelp!, as they post events to get community involvement. Luckily for us, the park this festival is held in is very nearby and we just walked through it the other day! I’m guessing it’s called the Frank Festival because it is held in Park Frankendael which is named after a land house on the (old) estate called Frankendael built in 1659. There are not many of these estates still around.
The Festival itself was rather laid back. Half of it was bordered by trees and such and the other half by food and craft stalls, benches that were already in place, and then a little bit of fence. We didn’t buy advanced tickets but it turned out that we had the quickest line to get in anyway! Once in there you had plenty of space to move around with an area for kids, and all of the vendors were in one area too. I think they could have been a little more separated, but it wasn’t that bad.
There were so many different types of food options! I have never seen anything like this in the U.S. They had paella, burgers, falafels, deli-style meats, mini sandwiches, and so much more! There were also a couple places to get wine from, and you could buy a bottle and they would give you a plexi container with ice to hold your white wine while you enjoy the festival. How cool is that?
The music alternated between a D.J. and live band, but both were excellent. You had people dancing, including little kids. It was the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Bring a blanket, buy a bottle of wine, get a plate of meats and cheeses, hummus and bread, or a real lunch, and just sit and listen to the music while people-watching.