Let’s have some Sunday-fun! Time for Leigh & Me at the Blanco Lavender Festival.
We decided it would be fun to take our Leigh & Me adventures on the road occasionally…rather than only in shopping malls.
And what better way to begin than in a charming hill country town celebrating something I love…all things lavender at the Blanco Lavender Festival.
After recent heavy rains, the countryside around Blanco and throughout the Texas hill country is beautiful.
We began enjoying the festival at a visit to a lavender farm. The crop was a bit smaller this year, but still lovely.
We were a little early for the teaching sessions, but throughout the weekend you could listen to experts share advice on cooking, growing, or harvesting lavender.
The crowd was definitely an over 50 group and many dressed in their lavender-best.
At the farm, Leigh & I began to discover that this day would be literally “lavender” everywhere and in everything. I even came home with a natural lavender bug repellant (the mosquitos are huge lately).
We are actually fascinated by cooking with lavender and hope to bring you some recipes soon…we bought the spices and a cookbook!
From the farm we headed back into town where festival booths centered around the historic courthouse square.
Since we are coming out of the pandemic, locals shared that there were only 1/3 of the usual vendors…but the city square was packed and we were not sure where the other 2/3 would go!
If we had stayed later into the evening, I am certain music and local breweries would be hosting much fun.
Of course, the vendors from baskets to jewelry to artwork all had offerings around the theme of the day!
When I say the town of Blanco is small, I mean the entire population is around 2,256, so this is a huge festival for the businesses and the vendors.
We loved what they did with the parking…you could pick your favorite non-profit sponsoring a parking lot and then your payment was a donation to that group. Love that! We donated to two groups!
After perusing the vendors, we headed to the local shops surrounding the town square. This textile store was such fun.
I could imagine the local ladies coming in during the week for quilting club meetings…it had a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.
It was there we received the local recommendation for our lunch...The Uptown Blanco Restaurant with a specialty Lavender Menu!
This restaurant was such a wonderful surprise…it is gorgeous and a nice change from traditional barbecue (which is good too).
We split the Lavender Chicken Salad sandwich with their special roasted brussel sprouts and topped it off with lavender ice cream.
We loved everything about the meal…delicious food and excellent atmosphere.
Getting out and enjoying life again at the Blanco Lavender Festival was the perfect event for Leigh & Me.
We could not have made up a more perfect day. Tomorrow, I will share with you our two favorite local Blanco vendors.
We are planning a Christmas shopping trip to Blanco in the fall!
This was a road trip…the drive only a little over an hour…but I am open to a Bed & Breakfast stay when we return!
Naturally, at the end of this day, we were both laid back and relaxed…lavender everywhere does that to you!
REMEMBER THIS LAVENDER
I want to remind you that I am still a fan of these lavender products from Sonoma Lavender Co.
I use them every day! I especially love the Foot Balm. Their products are rich and aromatic.
If you don’t have a favorite brand, consider this one!
Leigh & Me plans to hit the road more this summer, so I hope you will follow along and return tomorrow for more fun from Blanco. See you then and make sure you all are enjoying life and …
By Pamela Lutrell