The tulip originated in Turkey and they were host to the world’s first Tulip Festival more than 400 years ago. The love for the Tulip and the tradition is still strong today. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival Turkish Weekend is a showcase of Turkish culture among the tulips. With more than 100 performers, it is a colourful and exciting weekend. This year’s 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.
Enjoy some amazing music on stage including classical and modern Turkish bands. Experience memorable performances of Turkish folk dances. See a colourful show of culture with the Australian Turkish Mehter Band (Marching Band). They perform at 2pm on Sunday. Belly Dancer performs traditional dancing. 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.
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!
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 11:15, 12:15, 2:30 and 3:30), 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.