This will be my 10th year participating in the Pelindaba Lavender festival. No sooner does one festival end, I begin collecting and testing recipe ideas for the following year. I am looking forward to sharing new recipes and combinations of flavors and of course a few tried and true favorites.
Over the years, Mother Nature has thrown us a few curves – a wind storm that blew so hard we couldn’t keep anything secure, and another when the yellow jackets were so numerous their buzz nearly over powered my voice or the year it was so cold that we sipped lavender hot cocoa all weekend. No matter what the challenge, at the end of the weekend the memory that is omnipresent for me is the spectrum of purple colored flowers that are lined up row after row in a seemingly endless field. After a weekend of breathing the intoxicating aroma, I return to the Inn rejuvenated and relaxed without a care in the world. We look forward to your joining us on July 19th and 20th for this summer’s festival.
Tours and exhibits survey the entire process – from field to finished product. The fields are open for strolling, relaxing and breathtaking photo ops. The Cutting Field is open for visitors to harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom. The Craft Tent is open all day long in the fields for adults and children to make beautiful wands, wreaths, crowns and more. Be sure to enter the coloring contest! The Lavender Lemonade and Lavender Iced Tea and Coffee are always big hits – not to mention their Lavender Cookies! Island-style picnic lunches will be available all day long in the fields.
Be sure to top off your picnic with our ever popular Lavender Ice Cream!
There is plenty to do at the festival:
- Stroll through our organically certified fields.
- Browse the over 240 lavender products handcrafted on the farm at the lovely Gatehouse Farm Store.
- Explore the Demonstration Garden where they cultivate over 50 different varieties of lavender.
- Educate yourself at the Visitor Center which features multi-media exhibits covering the history of the farm, lavender cultivation, processing of essential oil, and the many roles that lavender has played in cultures throughout the world. Audio Tours of the farm are also available.
- Experience the Craft Workshop where you can make your own beautiful lavender crafts.
- Harvest your own organic lavender bouquets in the Cutting Field.
- Select some lavender plants to take home for your own garden from the Nursery.
- Listen to music wafting through the fields
- Watch chef demos showing you how to incorporate lavender into uniquely tasty dishes. Anna Maria de Freitas, owner of Coho Restaurant will make an appearance again this year; her demonstrations are always over-the-top, with lots of tasty samples. Join her at 12:30 and 2 p.m. each day.
Be sure to bring your sunscreen and camera! Please note, pets and smoking are only allowed in the grounds outside of our organically certified fields.
Admission: Free; parking is also free
Date & Time: July 19 & 20, 10am – 5pm
Location: Pelindaba Lavender Farm,
San Juan Island has been experiencing a heatwave! Of course if you are from Texas or Florida visiting us, you might disagree. We like to make sure that our furry friends are keeping cool and not getting overheated. The Tucker House has a dog park as part of our bed and breakfast and it offers lots of shade for hot summer days. Below are a couple of tips to keep your pets cool this summer.
Ensure that your garden or yard has some shady spots for your outdoor cat to enjoy. They will find them readily enough, provided you supply them. Water should always be easily accessible and available in the outside area, as well as indoors.
- If you have an outdoor cat, be scrupulous about checking your greenhouse or shed before closing the doors. These buildings are often uninsulated or unventilated and this might prove fatal if you accidentally lock your cat in the building.
Shelter from the Sun for your Dog
Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but she ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. Prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, it can also cause sunburn. The best thing is to offer shelter. Shade from trees is nice, but not perfect. An actual structure is better. The addition of a fan will help further cool things down. If possible, put the shelter in a shady area to keep it extra-cool. Of course, the most ideal shelter is in your home. If possible, install a doggie door to allow easy indoor access.
Description: First ever Drive In Movie Series at our very own Fairgrounds! Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction comedy film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. Fox plays Marty McFly, a teenager who is sent back in time to 1955. He meets his future parents in high school and accidentally attracts his mother’s romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of scientist Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown (Lloyd), he must find a way to return to 1985. Movies begin at dusk. Grab some popcorn and candy from our concession stand. Movie sound transmits to your car radio or bring your portable FM radio.
Location: San Juan County Fairgrounds
Saturday – 9:45 PM