The 6th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival kicks off this weekend in Skaneateles. This free parking, free admission event is hosted at Lockwood Lavender Farm and celebrates the stunning, surprisingly useful and fragrant purple flowering plant while bringing food, arts and crafts, speakers, and learning together in one spot. Lockwood Lavender Farm is a truly beautiful and idyllic setting among the Finger Lakes, which you can see for yourself by clicking here. The Finger Lakes Lavender Festival starts on Saturday, July 13th and runs through the 14th. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days. Highly recommended. Now let’s hope for a break from the rain!
There’s quite a bit happening at Lavender Fest but a major focus is learning. We all know the fresh, fragrant aroma but there’s much more to this plant. Aromatherapy is one area that readily applies, so Mirbeau Inn and Spa’s resident aromatherapist, Charlene Dahl will discuss the benefits of lavender and the use of other essential oils for therapeutic purposes on Saturday. On Sunday, Laurel Sterling, RD, CDN of Natur-Tyme will give a talk called “Stress and Your Health,” which focus on food, herbs, and supplements–one of which I’m assuming is lavender. You’ll also see several demonstrations, from preparation of Lockwood Lavender Farm’s honey and lavender brined chicken breast by Chef Steve Landon, a sheep sheering session with Gary Lockwood, and a lavender oil distilling demonstration to a rare look into the world of beekeeping, and much more. You’ll even get to see a demonstration by local garden guru Carol Watson of Carol Watson Greenhouse. There’s really something for everyone.
Those interested can participate in some lavender harvesting at $5 a bunch or make your own lavender wand for $5 per person. You’ll also have access to the Lockwood Farms Lavender Market featuring natural lavender and honey products. A long list of artists and craftspeople will also be selling their wares. See the full list on the official website. You’ll find local jewelry, handmade wood bowls, pottery, paintings, handmade baskets, and much more.
Items of the edible variety will also be available. Arctic Island and Broadway Cafe, Creekside Books & Coffee, Wrap It Up, Guru favorite The Sweet Praxis, and Carly Bakes will be on hand to take care of your inevitable hunger. That means homemade lavender ice cream, coffee, teas, sandwiches and wraps, homemade cookies, and even lavender flavored macarons by the talented ladies of The Sweet Praxis (yes, Lockwood Farms is the lavender source for the macarons, also my favorite variety). Products from New Hope Mills, Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce, and more will be included as well.
Whether you’re making an annual trip to the Finger Lakes Lavender Festival or checking it out for the first time, it’s really worth your time. The chance to learn about so many different crafts, old world manufacturing, and farming is worth the trip alone. So make a plan and head out this weekend. Lockwood Lavender Farm is quite a sight, don’t forget your camera!
6th Annual Finger Lakes Lavender Festival
Saturday, July 13th – Sunday, July 14th – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Lockwood Lavender Farm
1682 West Lake Road, Skaneateles (Directions)
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