Irish Weekend

A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow

(Yes we are open on the Public Holiday)

‘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, soon the tractor will be ploughing the fields so it is time to make fun while the Tulips bloom!

Top musical entertainment from The Simpson ThreeKnot O’ The Gate, The Tipplers, Irish Pipers and Irish dancing from The Bilton Irish Dancing School will perform at noon and 1:30pm.

A ‘craic’ of a weekend!



Celtic bands Knot o’ The Gate and The Simpson Three 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 Leprechauns!


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, Celtic Babe, Highland and Celtic crafts, Campbell’s Celtic Collection (previously Gordon Hat Shoppe) … plus more to be announced.


The Kilted Van – Celtic foods and drinks.

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

Dutch Foods – Croquettes, Frikandellen (sausage), Reifkoek (potato cakes)

Lekker Lekker – Dutch Frites (fries), Oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts), Bitterballen (Dutch meat balls), Cheesesoufles (deep fried battered cheese ohhh yeah), Spicey jalepeno peppers, Shoarma (marinated meats in pita bread).

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.

Babaji’s Kitchen – Indian street food and home made lassi

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. (Sat/Sun only)

Yo India – Indian street food

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

Bean to Melbourne Coffee – Pedal powered espressos, chais, teas and more. (Sat/Sun only)

Bavaria Dutch Beer Tent – Dutch beer, cider and wine.

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.