It’s Tulip Season on the Cradle Coast
The picturesque riverside town of Wynyard is beautiful at any time of year but in October it really bursts into life. Inspired by the colourful spring flowering of the tulips at Van Diemen Quality Bulb Farm on Table Cape, Bloomin’ Tulips has grown from a weekend of events in 1991 to become a three-week calendar of celebrations, culminating in the Tulip Festival on October 13.
During Bloomin’ Tulips you will marvel at the wonderland created by tulips in full bloom along the scenic coast. And of course a visit to Wynyard wouldn’t be complete without making your way up to Table Cape to visit the inspiration for the whole event. The tulip farm will be open from September 26 to October 21, 9am-4.30pm, and as well as taking in the stunning stripes of colour that decorate the paddocks you can check out the art gallery, cafe, souvenir shop and take home some tulips of your own.
For the art lovers during the festival head to the Wonders of Wynyard for Tassie Timber Things and Fred Moschberger @inkstreamart throughout October, 9am-5pm as well as the Wynyard Camera Club exhibition in the Wynyard RSL Club on October 13, 9.30am-4pm. There will be plenty of music on offer, with a bush dance to be held at the tulip farm on October 5, Pete Cornelius at Chille on October 11, Tunes in the Tulips at the tulip farm on October 7, Jan Sediuka Camerata Orchestra at the tulip farm on October 13 at 4pm, Nothin But a Glam Time at the Wharf Hotel, October 13 from 9pm, and the Wynyard Chorale Concert at the tulip farm, October 14 at 1.30pm.
The Bloomin’ Tulips Festival itself will offer you the chance to enjoy local art, craft, and music to suit all tastes and sample the culinary delights of fresh island produce. Located in Gutteridge Gardens from 11am-9pm on October 13, there will also be plenty of fun on offer for the children. Eesha Elephant and the Dream Bear will return to the festival along with the Burnie Snake Catcher. Pelican puppets, stilt walkers, face painters, henna and airbrush tattoos and crazy hair will be on the wharf grassed area along with the Gee Whizzer and Dodgem cars. Up on the hill you will find mini jeeps, Zorb balls and much more to keep the family entertained.
The Bloomin’ Tulips Colour Run is also now part of the festival and will be held at 10.30am from the Yacht Club car park. The Gopher Race will happen again this year at noon down the main street of Wynyard. The Bloomin’ Tulips Foreshore Market is also an integral part of the festival and is held on the first and third Sunday of each month from 8.30am until 2pm.
There will be more than 30 food stalls to choose from including Wild Hog Spit Roast Rolls, Sheffield Lamb Bar, Wendella’s Rabbit Pies, Mount Gnomon Farm, Festival Mushrooms, Woodfired Pizzas, Lighthouse Dumplings, The Flying Calamari Bros, Red Cow Dairies, Rory’s Hot Spuds and the Chuck Wagon Chili Co. For dessert tuck into treats from stalls including Berry Indulgence, Fairy Floss Tasmania, Those Little Pancakes, Avafew Crepes, Cheesecake Baculo and I Serve Ice Creams. For the adults there will be alcoholic beverages from Kombi Keg, Daiquiri Isle, White Rock Vineyard, Seven Sheds Brewery, Hellyers Road Distillery and more. Other beverages on offer include coffee from Bar Zura and Linx on Wheels as well as Henry’s Ginger Beer and the Slushy Truck.
For a bird’s eye view of the festival and the dazzling rows of tulips on Table Cape take a flight with Tasmanian Helicopters who will be flying all day from the gardens. Providing the soundtrack for the festival is a host of great local talent such as Amy Pegg, Brett Collidge, Mason Waller, Wynyard Big Band, The Ringmasters, Clinton Hutton, The Red Kelly’s and finish off the day with the fireworks display at 9pm.
For more information on any of these events contact the Waratah-Wynyard Council on 6443 8320 or visit www.bloomintulips.com.au for the full program of events.