Celebrate Dutch traditions
Grab your clogs and visit the Tesselaar Tulip Festival this weekend as it transforms into a mini-Holland! The Dutch fell in love with Tulips in the 16th Century, and that passion remains as strong today. Our founders, Cees and Johanna Tesselaar emigrated from The Netherlands on their wedding day, bringing Tulip bulbs in their suitcase!
Enjoy live stage shows throughout the weekend including Dutch music all time favourite tunes from the incomparable Dutch Treat and Silverbeat Band. On your visit, be sure not to miss the Tukker’s Troup of traditional Dutch folk dancers, tapping away in their wooden shoes, or Clogs.
You can see the biggest clog in the Southern Hemisphere! Created by local, internationally renowned chainsaw artist, Robby Bast. Visitors can sit inside and have their photo taken.
Enjoy traditional Dutch fare with a range of market stalls.
See traditional Dutch wood carving and tools.
This weekend you can discover more than a million spring flowering bulbs on show, including over half a million Tulips. As you stroll through the historic gardens you can enjoy the sculpture exhibit, pat the alpacas, indulge in traditional Dutch foods and other treats. Visit our Clog shop, find treasures in the souvenir and market stalls. See beautiful garden displays, visit our fairy garden, hunt for fairies, pick a bunch of tulips, play some old fashioned Dutch games and see historical displays. Plenty of photo opportunities abound with Windmills, flowers and staff in traditional Dutch costume.
Bands Dutch Treat, Silverbeat and Blackberry Jam will play throughout the three days.
The Melbourne Tukkers Dutch Folk Dancing. Dancers perform in traditional costume and in wooden shoes, or clogs. The dances are from all over Holland and use traditional music. Formed in 1977, the dancers are highly entertaining. Two performances daily, 11:30am and 1:30pm.
Dutch Barrel Organ
A traditional Dutch Street Organ manned by a traditional Dutchman! Discover the organ grinder in action. The Pipes and percussion are a sight and sound to behold. This clever contraption plays book music and is a great Dutch tradition that brings back the sounds of yesteryear.
Poffertjes – Moorish Dutch pancakes with various toppings, many people visit just for these treats.
Stroopwafels – Sumptuous caramel sandwiched between two wafer thin cinnamon waffle cookies, you need to try some!
Dutch Foods – Croquettes, Frikandellen (sausage), Reifkoek (potato cakes)
The Tulip Cafe – Dine in or take away meals
Gozleme – Traditional Turkish, hand made Gozleme with a variety of fillings (savory flat bread, pastry dish)
The Wicked Spud – Potato twisters and gourmet wedges
Il Padrino – Wood fired pizza, Kibbeling (Dutch fish bites), salt & pepper calamari, french fries
Baked Potato Express – Baked potatoes with various fillings and fresh corn on the cob.
Bean to Melbourne Coffee – Pedal powered espressos, chais, teas and more.
Choo la la Nuts – Roasted praline almonds, macadamias and peanuts.
Timboon Fine Ice Cream – Home made ice creams and sorbets.
Chocolate Junction – Fairy floss, strawberry and chocolate kebabs, frog in the pond, biscuits and slices.
O Sushi Fun – Sushi rolls, South Melbourne Dim Sims and Dumplings
Market Baked Scones – Freshly made and fire baked scones in sweet and savoury flavours.
Bavarian Bangers – Gourmet sausages with traditional toppings.
Bavaria Dutch Beer Tent – Dutch beer, cider and wine.
Red Duck Brewery – Award winning, Victorian made beers and ciders.
Compete with your friends and family to win at these traditional games. Try Sjoelen, or Dutch shuffleboard, the hilarious Spijkerpoepen and more.
Dutch Groceries, Dutch Sweets, Delftware, Dutch Beer, Wooden Tulip carving, Dutch Australian Heritage Centre display, Dutch souvenirs, Face Painting, Dutch social and media groups, Handmade chocolates …