Hood River, OR (PRWEB) June 19, 2010
July 10 and 11 marks the sixth year of the Lavender DAZE Festival hosted by Hood River Lavender Farms. Timed at the peak of Summer for bloom time and weather, this festival has something for everyone. Admission to this event is free, with over 20 local and talented arts/crafts vendors, BBQ by the popular Apple Valley Country Store, hands-on lavender wand and wreath classes, lavender gelato and sorbet, massages in the lavender field, wines from Cathedral Ridge Winery-2007 Oregon Winery of the year, alpacas, kid’s activities including a ladybug release party, over 70 varieties of certified organic lavender available for u-pick and live music on the patio by bands popular throughout the United States, it's easy to see why this lavender festival has become popular for anyone looking to enjoy the beauty, aroma and kicked back fun of summer.
According to Diane Orcutt, owner of Hood River Lavender Farms, "The Lavender DAZE Festival is all about celebrating summer and the magical lore of this great herb, Lavender. Folks of every age, society and background show up for this event, and we have returning guests that travel from all over the country to enjoy the festival. We get tour buses, limos, elder care home vans and because we are on a local bicycle route we get a large amount of bicycle riders to our farm. We structure our music and vendor tents to try to appeal to everyone, and encourage all to slow down, relax and take in the scenery and aromatic aire of the event. The gamut of audience that loves this plant lavender is impressive."
The challenge for the promoters of the Oregon Lavender Daze Festival is how to grow the event as the popularity of the festival grows, but not sacrifice the intimacy of the show. Orcutt reports, “We have learned to listen to our attendees and vendors and tailor the event to include all and exclude no one. We know that shade is a premium on our lavender farm, so we rent 2 large tents to provide a casual sitting area for attendees to relax and chill, out of the intense direct sun. Every year the attendance goes up for Lavender DAZE, and the waiting list for participating vendors and bands is becoming huge. We purposely try to keep the event small enough to be loosely organized, yet seek very talented artists and bands that one would not normally find at a festival like this. We are very excited about the quality of talent represented at this year’s festival. Apple Valley BBQ specializes in delicious slow cooked meats and world renowned jellies, sauces and pies. In addition this year we have Sawtooth Roadhouse providing great custom edible creations, and Dopio Coffee serving up their popular Lavender sorbet, lavender lemonade and gelato. This year we are pleased to have Robert Seidel, president of The Essential Oil Company displaying his gorgeous distillers, some of them being handmade from Portugal. Robert, who's years of practical hands-on knowledge of distilling essential oils, herbs and plants, has made him the 'go to guy' internationally for anyone interested in distilling, blending or purchasing top quality essential oils. Along with some very talented musical entertainers like Moe Dixon, Ben Bonham’s Hapa Hillbillies, Kate Power & Steve Einhorn, along with Richard Tillinghast & Onehum, we can confidently say that we have something for everyone."
For the kids this year we have brought in Teacher Janet from Our Children’s Place, seen on the TV show AM Northwest as their Parenting Export, to head up the children’s activities. She has some great ideas and fun planned for the kids, including a ladybug release party where kids get to learn about the helpful ladybugs and hold several on their hands to release into our wildflower garden where they will get to work on naturally controlling aphids and other pests.
Add to this, professional massage therapists providing their healing hands in a fragrant field of lavender, adorable alpacas for the kids & adults to visit with, award-winning wines from Cathedral Ridge (voted 2007 Oregon Winery of the Year), hands-on craft classes for lavender wands and wreaths, and oh yes, the most gorgeously fragrant lavender you can imagine all available for U-PICK. Put all of this high on a hill in the beautiful Hood River Valley with stunning views of Mt Hood, Mt Adams and the Hood River Valley below, and you can see why this Lavender DAZE Festival is such a hit.
Hood River Lavender Farms is conveniently located 1 mile off Hwy 35, only a one-hour drive from Portland, Oregon. This certified organic Lavender Farm is open everyday from 10-5pm, May-November. The Lavender Daze Festival is on July 10 and 11th, has extended hours of 10-7 PM on Saturday and 10-5 PM on Sunday. This year's festival lands on the popular Hood River Fruit Loop’s "Cherry Days" celebration in Hood River, a large weekend for local U-PICK farms and cherry lovers. The Lavender DAZE Festival is listed on National Geographic’s Central Cascade’s Geotourism Map, and Hood River Lavender Farms is an Oregon Tourist Attraction.
To learn more about the Lavender DAZE Festival, including links to some of the vendors and bands websites, visit: http://bit.ly/LavenderDAZE
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