For all things fragrant, purple and lavender, Sequim is the place, and July 15-17 are the dates .A jaunt over to Sequim in mid-July is a chance to steep in summer - something we're all craving this year. But this annual festival has become a little confusing - now there are two tours and events going on the same weekend, both in Sequim, and both featuring lavender in all its glories.
Here's what's changed for 2011:
"For the past 14 years, the tour of destination lavender farms was affiliated with the Sequim Lavender Festival. Starting this year, it will be a part of the new Lavender Farm Faire, with tour bus access from a new location. The Sequim Lavender Festival will now feature a self-guided driving tour of some of Sequim’s small lavender farms. The two events are unaffiliated, but both will take place on the same weekend. The Lavender Farmers Association is working to mitigate visitor confusion by getting a clear message out about the change. Sequim Lavender Farmers have moved their show to Carrie Blake Park. It'll still feature the Lavender Farm Tour, including 60 acres of lavender on six farms, more than 80,000 lavender plants and 200,000 lavender plants for sale. Activities in the park will include lavender-themed food, crafts, music, workshops, and demonstrations."
Got that? I'm not sure I do, but here's a list of farms participating in the tour: Cedarbrook Lavender & Herb Farm, Olympic Lavender Farm, Port Williams Lavender, Sunshine Herb & Lavender Farm, Purple Haze Lavender Farm and Sunshine Lavender Farm. A sixth farm, Washington Lavender, will make its tour debut this year.
Sequim’s Carrie Blake Park will be transformed into Lavender in the Park, a central hub for the weekend, with live music performances, rolling lawns, gardens, plenty of parking and easy access off Hwy. 101. The venue will also serve as the Farm Tour Bus Depot, connecting visitors with the farms.