7th Oregon Lavender DAZE Festival

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There’s nothing like this fun, easy-going family festival just outside of Portland! Lavender Daze Festival, presented by Hood River Lavender Farms, is the perfect excuse to get out of the city for the day and it’s sure to become your family’s newest annual summer tradition!

It will be hard to pick what to do first at Lavender Daze – check out the live music, wander through the booths filled with local vendors or grab some lunch at the BBQ. We recommend starting with the u-pick lavender fields — the kids will love walking through the plants that are as tall as their little bodies and you can bundle some organic lavender up to take home. Other things not to be missed include the craft classes for DIY lavender wreaths (registration required) and wand making classes (no registration necessary), children’s activities and a ladybug release party with Teacher Janet, and a visit with the sweet alpacas that make the farm their home. Another big highlight of the festival is the lavender release parties – check the online schedule for details about when to catch this fun event!

Lavender DAZE Festival is host to dozens of local vendors so you can stock up on Hood River specialties before heading back home. The lavender products that are made on the farm are always a favorite – essential oils, lotions, soaps and much more.

Possible lunch spots: You don’t have to go far to get a delicious meal at the festival – there will be a huge BBQ all weekend long by Charburger County, (a local favorite), and also authentic homemade Fajitas by Palillos's Especials. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some of the delicious lavender gelato, sorbet & lavender lemonade. Don’t forget to buy some local Cathedral Ridge wine (2007 Oregon Winery of the Year) while you’re there too.

Things to bring: It’s typically pretty warm around Hood River in July, but dress in layers and bring a light sweatshirt in case of a chilly breeze or to throw on as the sun starts to go down. At the top of the list – sunscreen and hats. (If you have a big, wide-brimmed straw hat, now is the time to wear it!) Other things that will make the trip better: a blanket or lawn chairs for relaxing while you eat or listen to the live music, a fun market basket or bag from home to collect your lavender, and some bottled water. Don’t forget snacks for the car ride back home and, of course, your camera!

Hood River Lavender Farms is about 65-miles east of Portland. Expect the trip to take between 60- and 90-minutes from Portland. Admission is FREE!, so despite the cost of the drive, it won’t cost much to enjoy the lavender!

The 2011 Lavender Daze Festival is:
July 16th, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
July 17th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location address is:
Hood River Lavender
3801 Straight Hill Rd.
Hood River, OR 97031

Online: Find out more about Lavender Daze, band schedule, and vendor list on their website.

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written by Joel Orcutt & Katie Kavulla

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