The Tesselaar Tulip Festival celebrates the advent of Spring in Melbourne. Held at the family owned and operated Tesselaar Flower Farm in the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan; it is a celebration of tulips and the Dutch community in Australia.
Every year between mid September and early October, the Tesselaar Flower Farm opens its gates and provides a selection of outdoor art, market stalls, live entertainment and food amongst rows and rows of stunning tulips.
Each weekend is dedicated to a different theme. There's the Turkish weekend, Senior's weekend, Dutch weekend, Children's week (run over both weeks of the school holidays), Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend and the Irish weekend. Details are provided on the website www.tulipfestival.com.au
The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a relaxed family event spent wandering through the gardens. You should expect to spend a minimum of two hours to all day enjoying the farm and its facilities
Things to See and Do
U-pick tulip patch (Flowers available until sold out). Plants and bulbs are also available for purchase. Bulbs can be bought year round from the online shop: www.tesselaar.net.au
Easy, open access. Mostly flat, except along the rows of tulip beds, which are situated on a slight hill.
Elevated, portable toilets. Please consult venue with regards to disability toilet facilities.
There were plenty of food stalls available, including (but not limited to) poffertjes, roasted nuts, curly potatoes on sticks, wood fired pizzas, traditional Dutch fish bites and ice cream.
There was also a dine-in café.
Food prices were high. With lots of plastic tables and chairs available around the main stage area, I'd suggest taking a picnic. On a fine day you could even throw a picnic blanket down on the grass right next to the tulip beds, if you were so inclined, and eat amongst the blooms.
The car park is close and accessible enough that you needn't lug lunch around with you all day. Go back and fetch it come lunchtime, just remember to get a pass-out stamp on your hand before you leave.
Alternatively, there are some lovely bakeries, cafes, even a Woolworths supermarket in nearby Monbulk.
**NO BBQ or cooking facilities.
Flowers, plants and bulbs were all available for purchase on the day.
Souvenirs and a small number of novelty market stalls.