Contributed photo/Pelindaba Lavender Farm
                                Attendees enjoy a previous Laver Festival.

Contributed photo/Pelindaba Lavender Farm Attendees enjoy a previous Laver Festival.

San Juan Island Lavender Festival offers cooking, painting demonstrations

  • Fri Jul 13th, 2018 7:00am
  • Life

Submitted by the Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Pelindaba Lavender Farm will host the San Juan Island Lavender Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. All are invited to see, smell, hear, touch and taste “The Complete Lavender Experience” for free. Pets are welcome and ample parking is available.

The San Juan Island Lavender Festival, now in its 17th year, continues to be a popular summer destination with several thousand visitors and islanders attending each year to celebrate all things lavender. The beautiful weather of late means the fields will be at their “peak of purpleness” this weekend.

The weekend will kick-off with a farm-to-table dinner on Friday, July 20 in the blooming fields to benefit SAFE San Juans. Coho Restaurant’s Chef Tim will feature the flavors of the summer season, drawing ingredients from local San Juan Island farms with a touch of culinary lavender from the surrounding fields.

Throughout the weekend, workshops, demonstrations and exhibits will survey the entire process, from field to finished product, including lavender cultivation, essential oil distillation and its many uses. Local Chef Anna Maria of Coho Restaurant will present a tasty cooking with lavender demonstration, with samples to taste.

The fields will be open for strolling, relaxing and gorgeous photo ops. Visitors can harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom or take home plants for their own gardens.

The Craft Tent in the fields will be open all day for everyone to make beautiful wands, wreaths, crowns and more. Free kid’s activities include face painting, a lavender coloring contest and exploring the farm in the lavender treasure hunt. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art, through its “Art for Fun” program, will offer “Paint a Lavender Tote Bag” classes for all ages.

Lavendera Massage will provide relaxing massages in the fragrant fields throughout the day.

Lavender ice cream, lavender lemonade, lavender baked goods and a variety of picnic lunches, including favorites from Golden Triangle, will be available all day in the fields. Island Made and the San Juan Agricultural Guild will be offering local libations from local wineries and distilleries as a fundraiser to benefit their work supporting local agriculture.

Kubatana Marimba, Katura Marimba and singer and songwriters Trevor and Sylvie will perform throughout the weekend.

The San Juan Island Lavender Festival is a celebration of all things lavender for the island community and visitors and is sponsored by Pelindaba Lavender Farm and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce.

For more information visit and a schedule of events, visit