The flower is used in various creative ways, including in lotions and potions, in food and drink as well as in arts and crafts.
“The number of vendors has grown from about 90 to 140,” said Dean Strober of Blue River Productions, which organizes the event in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque. “It’s an incredible number of small businesses and local farms and lavender farms and fine artists, food vendors, local wineries and breweries, and nearly all of them getting very creative with their use of lavender from straight-up lavender plants and bouquets to lotions and soaps, lavender spritzers and wine, lavender lemonades. If it can be done with lavender, my guess is you will find it at the festival.”
The event has expanded from one day to three days, beginning tonight and running through Sunday, July 21. Tonight’s VIP Preview party is limited to about 250 people. The $35 ticket includes a weekend pass, a festival poster, live music, appetizers from The Acre restaurant and other perks.
The festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Agri-Nature Center will feature Los Poblanos Idea Tent that will host full agricultural and culinary seminars and demonstrations regarding the ways to use lavender as well as grow lavender. Yoga classes will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. Eventgoers who prefer to de-stress by running can be part of the Lavender Run on Sunday. Runners can register on the event website.