Turkish Weekend

Sat 15th - Sun 16th September

We celebrate the origin of the Tulip in grand style!

Many people don’t realise that the tulip originated in Turkey. Turkey hosted the world’s first Tulip Festival more than 400 years ago, and the love for the tulip and the tradition is still strong today. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival Turkish Weekend is a showcase of Turkish culture and a colourful and exciting weekend.

This year’s Festival is extra special as 2018 marks 50 years of Turkish migration to Australia. Through food, dance, music, market stalls, historical displays and a range of artistic presentations, we celebrate the culture of Turkish migrants and their descendants in Australia amid the glorious tulips.

At the Tesselaar Tulip Festival Turkish Weekend you can:

  • Enjoy traditional and modern Turkish couture and textiles
  • Enjoy some amazing music on stage including classical and modern Turkish bands.
  • Experience memorable performances of Turkish folk dances and belly dancing.
  • Enjoy the aromas and tastes of rich Traditional Turkish cuisine.
  • The Australian Turkish Mehter Band (Marching Band) will perform at 1pm on Sunday. A colourful show of culture.
  • Watch artistic demonstrations such as calligraphy and marbling, and take part in workshops.
  • Shop in our market bazaar for hand-made Iznik ceramics, Turkish rugs, throws, bags, decorative pillows, traditional jewellery, handicrafts, and more.
  • Sip a cup of Turkish coffee and after you have finished, turn the cup upside down and have an reader tell you your fortune. It is fun and who knows, you may like what you hear!

Proudly presented in association with the Australian Turkish Cultural Platform

While you are there, 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, indulge in traditional Dutch foods and other treats. Visit our Clog Shop, see the world’s largest Clog, find treasures in the souvenir and market stalls. Have your face painted by the sensational Elenavation team. See beautiful garden displays, visit our fairy garden, pick a bunch of tulips, play some old fashioned Dutch games and see historical displays. There are plenty of photo opportunities abound with Wonderland, Windmills, flowers and staff in traditional Dutch and Turkish costumes. Try your luck at the Queen’s Croquet, or test your skills of observation in our white rabbit treasure hunt.

What’s on the Menu You are welcome to bring your own picnic, but there is a great selection of tasty treats on offer here at the farm.

Gozleme - Mouth watering Turkish flatbreads with savoury fillings. V

Turkish Deserts – Freshly made Simit, Baklava and Turkish delights combined with Turkish tea and coffee. V

Ottoman Empire Grill – (Sat/Sun) Come back for more Turkish Kebabs.

Turkish Street Food – A selection of tasty treats that will have you coming back for more. V GF

The Tulip Cafe – Dine in for some great meals, or take away and enjoy in the gardens. V GF

Mad Hatter’s High Tea – Make a booking here for a wonder filled high tea amid the tulips. Times are limited so book early! V GF

Wiel’s Treats – Yummy Dutch croquettes and tasty burgers.

Poffertjes – Legendary Dutch mini pancakes. V

Big Little Kitchen – Delectable pulled pork rolls and gourmet hamburgers. GF

Twisted Mac - Gourmet flavoured macaroni and cheese, plus homemade lemonade. V

Anja’s Scones – Divine freshly baked sweet and savoury scones. V

The Kibbeling Express – Scrumptious Dutch fish bites, salt and pepper calamari and classic French fries. GF

The Wicked Spud – Toothsome potato twister and gourmet wedges. V GF

Baked Potato Express – Choice baked potatoes with a delectable range of toppings, as well as freshly cooked sweet corn on the cob. V GF

Silva Coffee – Locally roasted coffee, tea, chai and hot chocolate to warm your cockles.

Timboon Ice Cream – Artisan ice cream with an enticing flavour selection.

Pop’d Fresh Popcorn – A freshly made, satisfying snack to indulge in. V GF

Chooh la la Nuts – Oh so tasty caramelised almonds, macadamias and peanuts. V GF

Sweets by Junction - Ambrosial sweet treats with local fruits. V GF

Foods cost between $3 and $22 depending on your choices, if you would like more detailed information on costings, please get in touch with our team.

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