The Third Annual Central Coast Lavender Festival is Now a Memory

Norma Moye Greets New Arrivals at 2011 Lavender Festival

Norma Moye Greets New Arrivals at 2011 Lavender Festival in Paso Robles



But I can still smell it. I was handed a sprig of lavender by a vender as I walked west on Spring toward the official entrance on 12th Street, where I was greeted by Norma Moye and given a lovely lavender tote bag. So I collected my business cards and brochures in the bag to help my memories come back when I got home. The sprig of lavender is sitting on my desk as I type, and I just might tuck it under my pillow tonight to help me sleep. If it works, maybe I’ll pick one of the sprigs I’m growing and try it every night.

This was my second experience at the Central Coast Lavender Festival. I attended and wrote about the Second Annual Central Coast Lavender Festival last year. Although it was the same festival today, the experience was different. There were some interesting new vendors, and I made videos on different subjects than I did last year. I will cover them in more detail on other writing sites, but I want to show you some of what I saw today in this post.

Venders Representing Lucero California Olive Oil

Venders Representing Lucero California Olive Oil

As I began to walk the row of vendor exhibits, I began to wonder if this were a lavender festival or the Olive Festival, which is coming later this year. I think there were as many displays of olive oil as of lavender. This is one of them. These gals from Lucero California Olive Oil were having too much fun. They were the jolliest olive oil venders I saw, so I’m going to picture them.

 

 

 

Rhoda Chute from Fat Cat Farm

Rhoda Chute from Fat Cat Farm

I saw a few old friends. One I’d been looking for and almost missed was Rhoda Chute. I had read that her Fat Cat Farm would be here this year, but I had to look a while before I found her. She is pictured here in her booth. I will write more about her booth elsewhere, but I loved the assortment of lavender and gifts she brought today. I bought my own lavender plant, which is huge now, several years ago at the old Sycamore Farms, which closed after a fire. Rhoda resurrected it as Fat Cat Farm, which you can tour by clicking the  link. Of course, it’s even better to go see Fat Cat Farm in person and take home some of their wonderful herbs. They have more varieties of lavender than you may have heard of, and you should also see their assortment of mints and sages.

 

 

This was one of my favorite parts of Rhoda’s display.

Display in Fat Cat Farm Booth at Lavender Festival in Paso Robles.

Display in Fat Cat Farm Booth at Lavender Festival in Paso Robles.

A vendor I do not remember seeing last year at the Lavender Festival is Over a Barrel. I first saw Mike and John’s furniture made from barrels on display at an event at Studios on the Park, where John’s wife Laure is one of the artists. Today I saw a wider selection of the furniture. Here’s a sample. At the left side you see a small portion of one of the dog beds, which they also make.

Custom Wine Barrel Furniture Made by Mark and John of Over a Barrel

Custom Wine Barrel Furniture Made by Mark and John of Over a Barrel

Below you see Mark with his son, and John talking to an exhibit visitor. Mark’s son was handing out business cards and helping his dad as a salesman. If you’d like to own some of this custom wine barrel furniture, or a dog bed, you can see more on the Over a Barrel web site.

 

Over a Barrel Sales Force at their Lavender Festival Exhibit

Over a Barrel Sales Force at their Lavender Festival Exhibit

 

You might wonder what the children had to do (besides help sell furniture) at the festival this year. There was plenty for them  to see, including a demonstration of the distiller used to extract the essential oils. I made a video of part of that demonstration which I will post on YouTube soon and link to here in a future post. There was also face painting, and flower pot painting. In the photo below the children are painting pots for planting lavender.

Children Painting Flower Pots at Central Coast Lavender Festival

Children Painting Flower Pots at Central Coast Lavender Festival

As I attend the local events from season to season, there are some venders that I see repeatedly. One of these is Steel by Cruzen. I don’t need a sign to identify that booth anymore because the style is so distinctive. At this event I saw a new product — or at least one I hadn’t seen before. Unique, isn’t it? I love this bee. The flowers and hummingbirds behind the table are also part of this display. Mark and Richard Cruzen make their designs in Atascadero, and they do custom work. Read more about them on their web site, linked to above.

Bee Design, Steel by Cruzen

Bee Design, Steel by Cruzen

 

One of the most interesting new vendors I met was Liz Ann Konn, whose Re-cycled Kon-cepts started almost by accident with an old bird cage her husband wanted her to get rid of before they moved to California. I have a video with her story, but I will feature her in a future post. This is one piece of her work.

Re-cycled Kon-cepts: A Piece of Re-cycled Art by Liz Ann Konn

Re-cycled Kon-cepts: A Piece of Re-cycled Art by Liz Ann Konn

Since this is a lavender festival,  I will show you one more of the many lavender booths represented.

Part of ML Growers Exhibit at Central Coast Lavender Festival, 2011

Part of ML Growers Exhibit at Central Coast Lavender Festival, 2011


Indigo Wild – Zum Zum Mist Aromatherapy Spray, Frankincense-Lavender, 4 fl oz

from: Herbal Remedies

1 comment for “The Third Annual Central Coast Lavender Festival is Now a Memory

  1. Liz Ann Konn
    December 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    This comment is for Barb, hope you get this

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