Pelindaba Lavender, just outside of Friday Harbor, Washington, hosts the San Juan Island Lavender Festival for two mid-summer days every year, on our 20-acre organic farm. For ten years, thousands of friends and lavender-lovers from around the world have come to enjoy the fragrant fields at their “peak of purpleness,” and you’re invited to join us. This year, the featival will be held July 16 and 17.
For the lavender connoisseur we have it all. Those who aren’t yet that excited about it leave as enthusiasts for this amazing plant, once they’ve taken a tour and surveyed the entire process, from field to finished product. The Gatehouse Farm Store is open for visitors to browse and sample many of the 250 different handcrafted lavender products. Workshops and demonstrations cover lavender cultivation, harvesting, essential oil distillation, and cooking with lavender (bring your appetite!). Kids and adults can make beautiful wands, wreaths, crowns and more at the craft tent. You can pick your own bouquets of lavender from the many varieties in bloom in the Cutting Field, and take stunning photos in the Production Fields. Or just stroll and relax, taking in the colors and scents.
When you get hungry after all this lavender immersion, head over to the food tent, where island-style picnic lunches are available for purchase. Be sure to top your picnic off with our popular Lavender Rhubarb Apple Pie and Lavender Ice Cream. We’ll also have Lavender Lemonade, Lavender Iced Tea, Lavender Coffee, and assorted tasty baked goods. Local marimba bands will be performing in the fields, and you’ll likely see people dancing. Do join in; after all, it’s a party and a summer celebration!
Parking and admission are free. Be sure to bring your sunscreen and camera. The festival is open 10 am – 5 pm, July 16 and 17, 2011. Here are directions to Pelindaba Lavender Farm.
(Thanks to guest contributor Amelia Powell.)