Festival to celebrate ‘relaxing’ herb with art, music and fun

Visitors can bask in the relaxing aroma of Mother Nature’s healing herb during Lavender Wind Farm’s 11th Annual Lavender Wind Festival.

Above: Guests can roam Lavender Wind Farm’s lavender labyrinth as well as the lavender fields. Right: Coupeville artist Mary Alice Sterling will return this year with her hand-woven baskets.

Visitors can bask in the relaxing aroma of Mother Nature’s healing herb during Lavender Wind Farm’s 11th Annual Lavender Wind Festival.

The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the farm on Darst Road, north of Coupeville.

Attendees will have a chance to explore the farm, visit artist booths, listen to live music and enjoy refreshments.

In previous years, the event was often referred to as an “Artist Invasion,” but farm owner Sarah Richards said she wanted to bring back the original focus.

“This year the focus is more on lavender,” she said. “There will be food from our own bakery  —  savory and sweet.”

The Pacific Northwest Art School will also be selling wine as an independent fundraiser.

There will also be plenty of activities for people of all ages.

“There will be a chance for people to make their own lavender wreath or wand and there will also be a free kids’ booth with activities,” Richards said.

Four artists or groups are slated to play from noon-4 p.m. both days.

Richards said that the entertainment will be a variety of styles, including the local group The Shifty Sailors.

“It’s more easy listening,” she said. “Lavender is all about relaxing.”

Visitors can walk the lavender labyrinth while enjoying the view of Admiralty Inlet. They can also explore about a  dozen artist booths, which include handmade baskets, watercolor paintings, carpentry work, hand-blown glass, ceramics and more.

Lavender Wind Farm employees will be on-hand to demonstrate the distilling of essential oil from lavender.

Admission to the event is free and parking is directed.



n For more information, visit www.lavenderwind.com


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