Paso Robles has been and/or is known for many things, not the least of which is wine, olives, cattle, hot springs or a host of other draws that make this part of the California Central Coast a great place to visit … and live. However, one of the lesser known but burgeoning phenomenons on the Central Coast is the popularity of lavender. And one of the fastest-growing events in Paso Robles is the Lavender Festival.
This annual celebration of the multidimensional purple flower is put on by the Central Coast Lavender Growers Association and the Paso Robles Main Street Association. The festival runs on the second Saturday of every July from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Downtown City Park. The event is free to the public.
Just about every imaginable item that has a lavender influence – and we’ve talked about some of them – will be at this summer get-together. Industry experts will be sharing their techniques for making the wonder herb into many different foods, perfumes, drinks, oils and other assorted advantages. There will be seminars and demonstrations throughout the park.
It’s not uncommon to have vendors offering examples of cultivating and drying lavender, allowing folks to experience a huge collection of opportunities and benefits that should educate, captivate and inspire the growth of this amazing essential oil herb.
Parking is free throughout the downtown area and as with any Central Coast celebratory event, there will be music, food, arts and crafts from the area including such things as yard sale type vendors, along with wine barrels and more. And don’t forget there are wine tasting rooms all over the downtown area.
We’ll be looking forward to seeing you there. You can catch us at the Park on the corner of Spring and 12th Streets. Come by and say hi – we’ll have some specials that you can’t pass up.
Daryle W. Hier