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September 13th, 2008:

Tulip Festival

Spring has sprung, Melbourne is sunny and warm.  Hopefully this means that the worst of the cold weather is over for another year, but we could still do with lots more rain.

Red Tulip

We know that Spring is here because Tesselaar Tulip Festival [^] has started, and runs from 11th September through until 8th October 2008.  The festival is a celebration of tulips and their fabulous variety colours. 

The Dandenongs have long been a stronghold for Melbourne’s Dutch community, and the festival gives the family and employees a chance to showcase Dutch culture.  Everyone working at the festival is turned out in traditional Dutch costume and clogs, and there are stalls selling poffertjes [^], and tulip bulbs and cut flowers.

Last year Mrs CannibalRabbit and I spent a few hours walking around the tulip fields and taking photo’s.  It’s probably not something that you would want to do every year – unless you are a Tulip fanatic – but it is definitely an interesting couple hours.