Lavender Fest // (c) 2011 Red Ridge Farms
Guests can harvest their own lavender, learn to cook unique dishes and enjoy lavender-inspired treats during the annual Lavender Extravaganza at Red Ridge Farms on July 15, 2012.
Running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the event coincides with the Oregon Lavender Festival.
“Since 2001 we have been planting and harvesting our lavender fields, which includes a broad selection of carefully cultivated varieties,” said Penny Durant, co-owner of Red Ridge Farms. "Some of these lavenders are for culinary use while others are for making perfumes and essential oils. The extravaganza gives us the opportunity to share our passion for this stunning plant and teach our guests about the different ways lavender can be used in daily life.”
During the event, guests can watch the fascinating and fragrant art of creating pure essential oil; stroll through numerous varieties of lavender and purchase a giant bundle of fresh lavender that they cut themselves (gloves and clippers provided) or pre-cut bunches to take home; and sample lavender ice cream and fresh house-made lavender lemonade.
The event also includes a special cooking with lavender class. The class runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and costs $45 per person, which includes recipes and a fresh-cut bundle of lavender that can be used for culinary creations at home. Reservations are required.
Red Ridge Farms is a family-owned destination in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a nursery and garden shop, the Oregon Olive Mill, Durant Vineyards and a country cottage. Two lodging accommodations are available for guests: a one-bedroom guest suite overlooking the valley and the two-bedroom Stoneycrest cottage, which overlooks Durant Vineyards. Both properties are available to rent by the night, weekend or week and feature full kitchens and breathtaking views.