The 2015 Art Contest winner is "Lavender Sentinel" artist: Gary Hauschulz
Dear Friends of the Lavender Association,
I would like to personally thank you for your participation in this year’s Lavender Festival. I hope that you enjoyed your stay in our grand valley. Folks were talking about all they learned about our wonderful plant and it’s may uses both on the farm and garden tours from Friday as well as the self guided tours on Sunday.
I know for a fact that you came and joined us at the park on Saturday. All morning the park was busy with shoppers and people participating in the workshops under the shade trees. Lida had a lively group watching the cooking demo under the tent at noon. Thank you for all returning after the rain and wind in the afternoon. Those participating in the seminar indoors missed out on the fun watching products flying and canopies lifting up in the air.
Our feast in the field was a huge success. The weather was absolutely perfect! The food catered by Berna B’s was fabulous! The sunset at Adobe Creek Farm was beautiful! Lively conversation and plates of food were passes among the hay bales under the big tent.
I hope that you mark your calendars for next year, July 8 -10, and plan your vacation around our great weekend here in the Grand Valley.
Colorado's ONLY lavender festival in historic downtown Palisade.
Located in Western Colorado along the I-70 corridor, getting here is a quick 4-hour drive or 1-hour flight from Denver or Salt Lake City.
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. Sorry, this tour is sold out,. To put your name on a cancellation list, Click here.
Farm Tour: “Still in Love with Lavender”. Leaving from the Clarion Inn we will spend our day in the Grand Valley. Experience some new farms in Grand Junction. Discover how lavender is distilled into oil. 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.
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 40 vendors (see list below) 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. David and Tamara will entertain us while you shop with their lively music back under the shade trees in the park.
Noon to 2PM Join Lida Lafferty for Cooking Demonstrations and Tastings from the new eCookbook, SPIKE IT WITH LAVENDER- Recipes for Living. The cooking demonstration will feature Palisade's Slice O'Life Bakery and Grand Junction's 626 on Rood Restaraunt, chef de cuisine, Christina Horn. Learn how to incorporate some of the many uses of lavender into your life. In the central park tent, free
Daryl Sartin will again be demonstrating how to clean all those buds once you get them off them stem.
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.
Workshops include Wreath making at 10:30 & 3:00 and new this year will be a Pomander Workshop from 1:00-2:00, Purchase tickets
Feast in the Field
We hope you save some energy from the festival to join us on Saturday evening for our Feast in the Field. We are holding this event at Randy and Nanette’s farm, Adobe Creek Farm, starting at 6:30 with appetizers and a cash bar. Dinner will start at 7:00. The farm is located at 1181 21 Road, just north of Hwy 6 &50. Berna B’s, one of our many locally owned family restaurants, will be catering the event. They are putting together a family style meal sure to please. They do ask if you have any dietary restrictions to let us know and they can do a customized plate just for you. SOLD OUT. What a great way to end the day of another beautiful lavender festival. The menu is listed below.
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 and printable list below.
PAST FESTIVAL INFORMATION:
Lavender Festival 2014 info here