The 2015 Art Contest winner is "Lavender Sentinel" artist: Gary Hauschulz
Festival committee updates:
March 22, 2015
Dear Friends of the Festival: We are so excited to having you at our weekend event! I have some great people working on our event and I hope that you are looking forward to coming.
One of these great people are our friends at the Clarion Inn Hotel on Horizon Drive. They will serve as our host hotel this year. Jeff and April are preparing a warm welcome for you. The hotel is 100% smoke free. Each sleep room provides a coffee maker, flat screen 32” television with HBO & ESPN, a free newspaper, local phone calls, and wireless internet. Other amenities include both indoor and outdoor pools with spas, an exercise room, an onsite restaurant, and a large atrium and recreation center.
Our special hotel rate with the Clarion Inn is $79.00 per night and includes a hot complimentary breakfast. Click here for rates or call – and ask to book a room under “Colorado Lavender Festival” and the same rate will apply. This special room rate is available starting July 9th thru July 11th. However, if you need another night they will be glad to accommodate you. The staff is providing us a hospitality room which will serve as a central location to meet before the tours disembark on Friday and is available to the guest for the weekend if you want to meet and visit new friends that you make during your stay.
Friday motor coach tours to lavender farms on the western slope. Two tours to choose from. They always sell out so puchase early.
Garden Tour: Lavender in the Landscape - Western Cottage Gardens. This versatile herb is at home in many types of residential landscapes. Discover how lavender plays an important part in 4 traditional yet water wise gardens. Enjoy gardens throughout the valley, and end the tour with a relaxing lunch at Avante Vineyards in Palisade where you will experience breath taking views and lovely intimate gardens. Puchase tickets here.
Farm Tour: “Still in Love with Lavender”. Discover how lavender is distilled into oil. Our lavender farm tour will be focused in the Grand Valley. Experience some new farms in Grand Junction. Each stop will feature a different style of still. Lunch will be served at Z’s Orchard in Palisade, where you will experience local fresh fruit and vegetables on the menu. A full day of fun and learning will end with a reception at Grande River Winery where you will taste lavender inspired appetizers and lavender wine. Purchase tickets here. Special early bird tickets are available while they last.
Saturday Festival in Palisade Memorial Park.
We hope to see you on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Memorial Park in Palisade. The festival will run from 9am – 4 pm and is free to the public. We will have over 30 vendors selling assorted lavender products as well as a host of bath & body products, artisans, and jewelry. Not to worry, we will also have a few food vendors and don’t forget the wine. We are in wine country, as you know. There will be demonstrations, seminars, and workshops. See links below for the full lineup. David and Tamara will entertain us while you shop with their lively music back under the shade trees in the park.
Don’t forget, we will also have cooking demonstrations during the middle of day highlighting some of the many uses of lavender in the culinary world.
Be sure to stop by the LAWC tent during your visit. This year we will be hosting a silent auction of some of our past poster art work. We will have a membership table set up for you to ask questions about the organization as well as merchandise for sale. You won't want to miss our main event.
Feast in the Field
The festival continues that evening with a Feast in the Field at Adobe Creek Farm on 1181 21 Road. Randy and Nanette are working hard to prepare a place for all of us to join them for a four course meal. The feast starts at 6:30 Saturday evening along with a cash bar. The tickets for the meal are $50.00 each. What a great way to end the day of another beautiful lavender festival.
Sunday is the free lavender farms tour on the Western Slope from Paonia to Fruita to Palisade and points in between. Self-guided tour information coming soon.
PAST FESTIVAL INFORMATION:
Lavender Festival 2014 info here