Turkish Weekend

September 14 - 15

Immerse yourself in Turkish culture

The tulip originated in Türkiye and they were host to the world’s first Tulip Festival more than 400 years ago. The love for the Tulip and the tradition remains strong today. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival Turkish Weekend is a showcase of Turkish culture among the tulips. It is a colourful and exciting weekend.

This year Celebrates 100 years of the Republic of Türkiye.

Your presence will be the crowning jewel of our celebration. Let us come together at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival Turkish Weekend to honour our past, celebrate our present, and look forward to an even brighter future.

Festival will once again feature demonstrations of art, dance, music and gourmet food. Visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, and heritage.

Proudly presented in association with the Australian Turkish Cultural Platform.

Turkish Entertainment

Enjoy some amazing music on stage including classical and modern Turkish bands. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

The Australian Turkish Mehter Band (Marching Band) one of the oldest traditional marching bands in the world. Belly Dancer performs traditional dancing Saturday and Sunday.


10:15am Fatih Karakas

11:15am Aylin Eser

12:20pm Bellydancing

1pm Ada Vapuru

2:30 Bellydancing

3:30 Dudi Tasbasi & Iskender Ozan Toprak


10:15am Fatih Karakas

11:15am Aylin Eser

12:20pm Bellydancing

12:50pm Ada Vapuru

2pm Mehter Marching Band

2:50pm Bellydancing

3:30pm Dudi Tasbasi & Iskender Ozan Toprak

There is also a touch of Dutch with Our Clog Dancing Workshop at 11:30 and 2:00pm, see how it is done and give it a whirl. Plus our Historic Cheese Market performance at 1:00pm, where you see amazing spectacle of how Dutch cheeses were bought and sold. The Findlay Dutch Fairground Organ will be playing.

Turkish Cuisine

Enjoy the aromas and tastes of rich Traditional Turkish cuisine, including Gozleme, meat dishes, Adana Kebab, traditional turnip juice, desserts such as baklava, Turkish delights and much 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!

Discover millions of spring flowers

While you are there, you can discover more than a million spring flowering bulbs on show, including almost a million Tulips. As you stroll around the historic gardens you can 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. See beautiful garden displays, visit our fairy garden (story telling at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 3:00), play some old fashioned Dutch games and see historical displays. Photo opportunities abound with Dutch frescos, Windmills, flowers and staff in traditional Dutch and Turkish costumes. Test your powers of observation with out treasure hunt, have your face painted. Try your luck with our garden games.