This Saturday we visited Kedma Buttercup Picking Festival (official Facebook page). This festival is taking place in Be’er Tuvia as long as the flowers are blooming (usually: end of April and May). Enter “Israel Tal, Be’er Tuvia” to Waze and you will reach close enough. From there you will see big signs directing you to the farm.
Map of the area:
Entrance costs: 40 NIS per family that want to pick Buttercups (you receive scissors and a plastic can where you keep the flowers) and 20 NIS per family that doesn’t want to pick flowers (simply wants to enjoy the view and take photographs). They accepted cash only.
Buttercup Picking Festival
On Saturdays they open at 9:30 and I would recommend coming as early as you can. The later you come, the more people and hotter it will be. This means you will have photographs of poorer quality (harsh sunlight and no clear horizons) and it will be hot not only to you but to the flowers as well. It will shorten the lifespan of the picked Buttercups.
One important thing that I learned after this visit is that it’s hot for the picked Buttercup as well. Thus I would recommend to take photos and just before leaving pick the flowers. And next to the entrance to the field you can find water. Add water to the plastic can and this way the flowers will be without water only a short period of time. Alternatively, you can add some water to the plastic can as you enter.
Since it get’s very hot, it wasn’t a long visit (don’t forget sunscreen). We were there 1-1.5 hours. Overall we enjoyed our Buttercup Picking Festival visit. This was fun not only for adults but for children as well. My daughter had fun while preparing her own bouquet. Moreover, 40 NIS is cheaper than buying flowers at a florist. Thus, if you are in the area, I would definitely recommend.
For similar events see Agrotourism category.