Currently the Tesselaar Tulip festival is on until the 5th of October. Last week I made the effort to keep my weekend free so I could travel to the festival. I attended last year and it was amazing to see thousands upon thousands of flowers in full bloom. When I went not all the tulips were in full bloom yet but it was still an amazing sight.
The festival is held once a year starting on the 12th of September and finishes on the 5th of October. Each week the festival showcases different themes with live music, craft stalls, exotic food and, most important, plants/bulbs for sale! I got to experience the festival’s Turkish week, tried different foods and enjoyed some of the folk music that was on offer. The most popular weeks are the food, wine and jazz weekend, and the Irish weekend.
September 12 – 14 is Turkish week, September 15 – 18 is senior’s week, September 19 – 21 is Dutch week, September 22 – October 2 is children’s week, September 26 – 28 (one of the most popular) is the Food, Wine and Jazz weekend, and lastly October 3 – 5 is the Irish weekend. The festival is a great day out, not only for the floral displays, but to experience different cultures and fun events for the kids.
I find the cost upon entry to be a little expensive compared to previous years. For the three of us who went it was a total of $66 dollars. Tickets for Adults cost $22, concession $18 and children under the age of 16 are free (only if accompanied by an adult). Overall, it was a fun day out and I do recommend trying to get up to Tesselaar to experience the festival if you haven’t been before.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs