Irish Weekend

A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow

‘There is no day so dull or dismal that it is not an occasion for rejoicing. Eat, drink, laugh and be Irish’ (Old Irish wisdom – Anon).

Why not rejoice in the Tulips this weekend, with fun, music, dancing and Leprechauns! Tesselaar Tulip Festival delights in the ‘greening of the Tulip’, while there is still plenty of colour around, and will be for a week or more, soon the tractor will be ploughing the fields so it is time to make fun while the Tulips bloom!

Top musical entertainment from Knot O’ The Gate, and The Tipplers, with Zeon performing on Saturday and Sunday at the Yarra Views Stage.  There will be Irish Pipers roving the fields and Irish dancing performances from The Bilton Irish Dancing School at 11am, 1pm & 3pm on Saturday & Sunday.

A ‘craic’ of a weekend!



Celtic bands Knot o’ The Gate, The Tipplers and Zeon will keep you entertained for a weekend of lilting ballads and jaunty folk songs.

Through the fields you will hear pipes ‘a callin’ with our Roving Pipers and watch out for the cheeky Leprechauns!

Dance (Sat & Sun)

Watch the Bilton Academy of Irish Dancing. Colourfully costumed dancers perform ceili and step dances.

Market Stalls

Irish Coffee, Guinness and Kilkenny (wouldn’t be an Irish weekend without them), Chocolate Junction, Highland and Celtic crafts, Campbell’s Celtic Collection … plus more to be announced.


Poffertjes – Moorish Dutch pancakes with various toppings, many people visit just for these treats.

The Irish Times – Beef & Guinness or Shepherd’s Pies with creamy mash, Buffalo Wings with blue cheese sauce and Chips with McDonnells Curry Sauce.

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.

Yo India Food Truck  – Indian street food. (Sat/Sun only)

Glorious Coffee – Espressos, chais, teas and more. (Sat/Sun only)

The Big Little Kitchenpulled pork rolls and gourmet hamburgers. (Sat/Sun only)

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.

Market Baked Scones – Freshly made and fire baked scones in sweet and savoury flavours.

Bavarian Bangers – Gourmet sausages with traditional toppings. (Sat/Sun only)

Zero Lam – Japanese street food made to order. With Takoyaki, Gyoza, Taiyaki, Tempura Prawn, Crispy Scallop, Squid Tentacles, Udon and  Crumbed Squid skewers.

Silva Coffee – Espressos, chais, teas and more.

Keep an eye on the website for more updates, and see our ‘Every Day’ page for other things to do at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival this weekend.