Half a million tulips and spring bulbs are bursting into bloom at Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden in Manorville for the farm’s second annual Tulip Festival.
"I really, really, really loved it," says Janet Peña, 17, of Shirley, who attended the opening day of the festival on April 17. Her mother, Yolanda, took a photo shoot of the high school senior spinning in the fields of flowers. "I fell in love with the red ones; they're really beautiful," Janet says.
Peak bloom is expected by April 23, says manager Marc Weiss; he is hoping the flowers stay vibrant through mid-May. The farm's website will carry the most up-to-date information on the state of the blooms.
The farm has set up wood cutout photo opportunities inspired by Holland, including giant wooden shoes and child-sized Dutch houses, to allow for Instagram-able photos. There’s also a windmill. Other activities include mini-golf and lawn games such as cornhole and an obstacle course. The farm has alpacas, mini donkeys, goats, sheep and Kunekune pigs; due to the pandemic visitors will not be able to pet or feed the animals.
"We think this is the perfect opportunity for families to get out safely and celebrate spring," Weiss says.
Food trucks will be on-site daily, and live music is planned from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends. The farm is also cooking up a Dutch-inspired dessert with the help of a local baker to sell in its vintage Airstream trailers, Weiss says. It will be a sort of Stroopwafel scone, he says.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Cost is $15 per person, with younger than 2 free, Weiss says. COVID restrictions will be followed, with masks required at all times, even outdoors, unless snapping a photo while socially distanced from other visitors, he says. The farm’s first Tulip Festival was held in 2019; last year’s planned event had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
MORE INFO Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden is at 663 Wading River Rd., Manorville. For more information, call 631-878-8653 or visit water-drinker.com.