Blanco Lavender Festival blooms June 7-9
You can almost smell the Blanco Lavender Festival before you see it.
The sweet scent permeates the Lavender Market on the festival grounds — the old Blanco County Courthouse square — with vendors selling lavender plants and products from their local farms as well as arts and crafts and other handmade and homemade products.
The 15th annual Lavender Festival takes place Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, at 300 Main Street in Blanco. Admission is free. Organizers ask that visitors leave pets at home.
The event runs noon to 6 PM on Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday.
Along with the market, you’ll find expert speakers in horticulture and geology in the courthouse; live music at nearby Bindseil City Park; and regional food, wine, and beer in the Texas Made tent.
While in Blanco, visit the area lavender farms, which will be in full bloom through July. Admission to the farms is free. You can find information and maps at the festival.
Speakers and programs in the courthouse include:
• “Herbal Beverages,” 2-3 PM — Tips for making herbal teas, sodas, and other beverages from Cindy Meredith of The Herb Cottage.
• “Infusing Spirits with Herbs and Spices,” 4-5 PM — Real Spirits head distiller David Topel shares his knowledge.
• “Make Luxurious Lavender Soap,” 11 AM to noon — A demonstration by fourth-generation soap maker Elin Criswell.
• “Low Water Gardening Including Lavender,” 1:30-2:30 PM — Tips for gardening with lavender and other deer-resistant, low-water plants for color presented by Russ Patterson, owner of Lavender and Old Lace in Kerrville.
“Designing Floral Arrangements Using Lavender,” 3:30-4:30 PM — Led by Russ Plowman, a horticulture instructor at Texas Tech University.
• “Gardening for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies,” 11 AM — Texas Department of Transportation’s Jacob Eikstead will teach you how to recreate the native wildflower habitats planted along highways in your backyard.
“Cooking with Lavender,” 1 PM — Presented by chef Bill Varney, owner of Urbanherbals in Fredericksburg.
“Geology of the Texas Hill Country,” 3 PM — Mike Deming talks about the processes that created the Hill Country and what lies beneath our feet.
The musical lineup is:
• Stephen Doster and Tommy Elskes, 2-3:30 PM
• Matt Hubbard Trio, 4-5:30 PM
• Avalee, 11 AM to 12:30 PM
• Zydeco Blanco, 1:30-3 PM
• Bobby Mack, 4-5:30 PM
• Allen Ray Wallace, 11 AM to 12:30 PM
• The BERTS, 1:30-3 PM
Plenty of parking is available in the lot at Blanco High School, 1215 Fourth Street. A shuttle service is $5 round-trip.
The Lavender Festival is hosted by the Blanco Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit blancochamber.com.
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