Tesselaar Tulip Festival
A kaleidoscope of colour will be on show at this year’s annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held in the magical Dandenong Ranges from September 14 until October 10, 2017.
There will be over 900,000 tulips including 130 different tulip varieties with a total of over a million spring flowering bulbs on display including tulips, daffodils, ranunculus and anemones! The Festival is set across 25 acres of gardens where visitors are encouraged to roam free, enjoying the wide open spaces and this year visitors can follow the yellow brick road to see it all, with a fun Over the Rainbow theme!
While the tulips are undoubtedly the stars of the show, visitors will discover so much more from children’s activities, live entertainment, delicious local food, beer and wine and market stalls every day.
Running over four weeks, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival opens with a burst of colour and excitement for the Turkish weekend (Sept 15 – 17). Celebrating the origins of the tulip there will be exciting Turkish performers, music, folk dancing, belly dancers, cultural and artistic displays as well as a selection of delicious Turkish food.
Over the Rainbow week (Sept 18-21)isitors can join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they journey through the magical land of Oz in twice daily performances of THE Wizard of Oz.
Put a spring in your step with all day music and live entertainment during the Dutch weekend (Sept 22-24) with Tukkers Clog Dancers, live bands, tempting Dutch foods, activities, games and market stalls. Keep an eye out for some magical ruby clogs on your travels.
The Children’s Get Active week (Sept 25 – 28) kick starts the school holidays with the ever lovable Peppa Pig and her little brother George daily on the Main Stage. In addition, dance with Ruby Ray and the Funky Monkeys, participate in African drumming and hula hoop workshops, play with animals in the petting zoo or make a trip to fairy hollow.
Escape the everyday on the Food, Wine and Jazz weekend (Sept 29 – Oct 1). Enjoy food from around the world, teamed with award winning local beer and wine, all set to the cool sounds of jazz. Delight in every colour of the rainbow at the 2017 Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2
Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favourite hero or character during the Children’s Superhero Week (Oct 2 – 5) with spot prizes given out every day. Join Poppy and Branch from the DreamWorks movie Trolls, starring in daily shows, along with Melbourne’s own MikMaks, craft workshops, storytelling, face painting and more.
Come for the craic at the end of the Festival on the Irish Weekend (Oct 6 – 8). Find your own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with live bands, Irish pipers and dancers, Celtic arts and Irish beers. You might even find a lovable Leprechaun!
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is open daily (9am – 5pm) during September 14 – October 10 at The Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan, Victoria.
Visit the website for ticketing information and a full program of events www.tulipfestival.com.au