The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is proudly family owned and celebrates its Dutch heritage. Cees and Johanna Tesselaar left Holland on their wedding day in 1939 just weeks before the outbreak of WW2. Heading for the land of opportunity with not much more than their farming expertise and hardworking ethics, they've created a family heritage that's maintained through this annual Festival. Members and extended members of the Tesselaar family will once again don their traditional Dutch costume and clogs to welcome you to their Silvan farm at 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan. Here are the FAQs and how to get there. If you've still got energy to burn, check out the local area.
The Tulip Festival runs from 14 Sep to 13 Oct 2019 from 10am to 5pm each day. There's a new pricing structure this year with the inclusion of Spring Fever ticket prices at $15 for concession and $19 for an adult for entry between the 16th and 19th of September and the 7th until the 10th of October. Tickets are $24 concession and $29 for an adult for all other dates. Children under the age of 16 years are still FREE during the entire festival. Skip the queues and get your tickets online HERE.
You might want to try winning a ticket as one of the Festival's favourite friends Mamma Knows East is having a gigantic giveaway for reaching 20K followers on Facebook and you have 10 more days at time of writing, to get on board. Amongst the myriad of prizes, there's a double pass for 2 adults to the Tulip Festival. Head to the website to enter for the double pass, as well as a host of other prizes like a $100 voucher, fruit and veg hamper and a lot more.
Be in it to win it, but every day has its own magic at the Festival with almost a million Tulips on show and over 130 varieties. There's live entertainment on stage every day outside of sculptures to enjoy and alpacas to pat. Check it all out HERE for market stalls, Australia's largest clog, replica Dutch windmills and more. See below for special events within this special Festival.
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Sep - Turkish Weekend - a showcase of Turkish culture among the tulips with more than 100 performers in a colourful and exciting weekend.
Mon 16 - Thu 19 Sep - Spring Fever Week One - specially discounted tickets after the maddening rush of school holidays. It's time to tiptoe through the tulips, visit the fairy garden and pick a bunch of tulips amongst other activities.
Fri 20 - Sun 22 Sep - Dutch Weekend - find a mini-Holland and enjoy live stage shows with the Tukker's Troupe of Dutch folk dancers (11am and 1pm daily), market stalls and more.
Mon 23 - Thu 26 Sep & Mon 30 Sep - Thu 3 Oct - Children's Weeks - each week has different entertainment options so be sure to not miss the ones that you think you'd love most. There's plenty to love on the agenda; the children are not going to want to leave.
Fri 27 - Sun 29 Sep - Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend - life's finer pleasures amongst the Tulips. Delicious Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges foods and beverages and your entry ticket includes complimentary wine, cider and beer tastings from some amazing wineries and breweries.
Fri 4 - Sun 6 Oct - Rock The Fields - get funky to some rocking tunes in the blooms with live music from the 50s and 60s, food trucks, dancing demos and fashions in the fields. Spot prizes will be given to the best beauties and beaus so dress to impress.
Mon 7 - Thu 10 Oct - Spring Fever Week Two - specially discounted ticket times again with lots of photo opportunities, a Tulip Tractor ride and more. See the everyday section for a list of activities.
Fri 11 - Sun 13 Oct - Irish Weekend - a pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow. Fun, music, dancing and Leprechauns as you sit back and enjoy a Guinness or Kilkenny plus top musical entertainment on two different stages and more. A craic of a weekend.
Click each given link for more information about each event, or you can head to the website. With so much to see and do, you may well want to go back twice or more.