Festival Dates & Hours:
Friday, June 10th 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, June 11th 10am – 8pm
Sunday, June 12th 10am – 4pm
Where: Old Blanco County Courthouse & Four Local Lavender Farms
The Lavender Market: During the Blanco Lavender Festival, an assortment of vendors and artists will gather on the historic grounds of the Old Blanco County Courthouse in the center of Blanco. Many of the lavender farms participating in the 2011 Blanco Lavender Festival will have booths at the market, each featuring their lavender and lavender-related products. Over 100 other vendors from all over Texas showcase arts, crafts, and lavender-related wares.
SpeedNet Broadand Internet Services presents the Speakers Pavilion: Saturday, June 11 11:30am — Bill Luedecke III — “It Begins With the Soil”, 2:00pm – Melanie Van Aken — “Relief for the mind and Body with Lavender”, 3:30 p.m. — Amber Royer — “Lovely Lavender and Herb Teas”, Sunday, June 12 11:30 a.m. — Sibby Barrett — “Getting Lavender into your Menus”, 2:00 p.m. — Amber Royer — “Make Your Own Organic Lavender Cleaning Supplies”, 3:30 p.m. — Fred Van Aken — “Creating the Soil that Lavender Loves”
Chuck’s Small Engine Repair presents Music in the Park: Enjoy live music during the Blanco Lavender Festival. These musicians will be performing in the amphitheater in Bindseil City Park on the Square, next to the Lavender Festival Market. Friday, June 10 3pm-5pm — Zydeco Blanco, Saturday, June 11 10am-11:30am — Rachel Laven, 12pm-1:30pm — Bepko, Fletcher, Santos & Rose, 2pm-3:30pm — Bobby Mack, 4pm-5:30pm — Ron Rose & Friends, 6pm-8pm — John D. Hale Band, Sunday, June 12, 10am-11:30am — Blanco Canyon Gospel Group, 12pm-1:30pm — The Jeremy Miller Band, 2pm-4pm — Tennessee Valley Authority
The Lavender Farm Tours: In Spanish, Blanco means “white.” The town of Blanco was named for the limestone hills and banks along the river here. But another color has come to characterize this area: lavender—as in the pale pastel hue of small buds that bloom in late spring at the many lavender farms nestled among the region’s rugged hills and live oak groves. The dry weather and alkaline limestone soils around Blanco make the area particularly suitable for growing lavender. The first commercial lavender farm in the state, Hill Country Lavender Farm, was started near Blanco in 1999. The climate and terrain reminded the farm’s owners of Provence, where they had recently visited. After planting their lavender, they gave seminars to others who wanted to grow the beautiful flowers. Currently, more than ten farms are located near Blanco with more farms being added every year. During the festival, many of the farms will be open to the public for tours and cutting lavender blooms. Visitors will be able to see the lavender farming industry in different stages of development. Since all farms are within 20 minutes driving distance, visitors can stop at several in one day. Each farm will offer activities and events related to lavender, such as classes in aromatherapy and demonstrations of lavender oil distillation.
Visit the GO TEXAN Beer and Wine Tent presented by HEB Plus Bulverde at the Lavender Market to sample and purchase a variety of food, beers, and wines from around Texas. Featuring the following Texas Wines: Fall Creek Vineyards, Maydelle Country Wines, Texas Hills Vineyard, Texas Star Winery. Also featuring the following GO TEXAN Vendors: Austin Gourmet Foods, Brittle Time, Caliche Hill Antler Art, Hill Country Bear Creek, Nutty Buddys, Shayne Sauce, Texas Hill Country Olive Company, Inc., Wimberley Valley Gourmet Specialties.