ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lavender picking, wine tasting and a varied menu of live entertainment are all part of the mix for the annual Lavender in the Village Festival, which will keep multiple locations in the village of Los Ranchos bustling today and Sunday.
The event gives local growers and artisans an opportunity to show off lavender products as well as an array of art, food, pottery, jewelry and textiles.
Musical entertainment will include a sing-along for children, bluegrass and western music, along with Spanish and Latin classics.
Vendors and activities will be at the Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande NW; Casa Rondeña Winery, 733 Chavez NW; and Kelly Jo Designs & Design by Wine, 6829 Fourth NW.
Festival activities will also be part of the Growers Market at 6718 Rio Grande NW from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
Local experts will be giving talks and presentations on lavender specialties, such as a presentation on growing and distilling lavender by Armin Rembe of Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm and a demonstration on cooking with lavender by chef Mia Maes.
Lavender-themed artwork by students in the Los Ranchos district and surrounding areas will be on display at the Agri-Nature Center.
Festival visitors can enjoy local wines produced at the Casa Rondeña Winery or in the beer and wine garden at the Agri-Nature Center.
Aspiring beekeepers will have a chance to learn how to get started handling and working with honey bees.
The series of talks by Los Ranchos Beekeepers will also focus on the service bees provide to the environment and what to do when you encounter a swarm.
Mule and donkey fans can visit with the Rio Grande Mule & Donkey Association, which will be bringing along several of its four-footed friends. Association members will give out information about getting together for trail rides and other activities.