Colorado Lavender Festival returns to Palisade July 10-12
The fifth annual Colorado Lavender Festival is planned for Palisade Friday through Sunday, July 10-12.
“The booming lavender crop in the Grand Valley is the ‘what’s new’ in agritourism right now,” said Mistalynn Meyeraan of the Grand Junction Visitor Convention Bureau. “It is gaining a lot of domestic and international attention from media and travelers. Agritourism is one way that Grand Junction and surrounding areas can stand out among fierce competition in tourism across Colorado and even the western United States.”
On Friday, two motor coach tours — a garden tour and a farm tour — are planned. The garden tour is currently sold out, though there is a wait list.
Then Saturday the main festival will be held in Palisade’s Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance is free to the public and more than 40 vendors will be on site. Demonstrations, seminars and workshops will be available as well.
For example, from noon to 2 p.m. Lida Lafferty will host a free cooking demonstration in the Central Park Tent. Daryl Sartin will also host a demonstration showing attendees how to clean lavender buds off a stem.
Tickets must be purchased for Saturday seminars, including wreath making at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and a pomander workshop scheduled from 1-2 p.m.
Feast in the Field, a culinary event, will be hosted Saturday evening, too. It will be held at Adobe Creek Farm (1181 21 Road), with appetizers and a cash bar starting at 6:30 p.m. Dinner then starts at 7 p.m. This year’s event is sold out.
Sunday offers self-guided tours of Western Slope lavender farms. Find information about Sunday tours, as well as more festival information at http://www.coloradolavender.org/events/festival.
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