Monday, July 1, 2013

A Tourist in My Own City: The Lavender Festival


Last weekend, during a brief sunny respite from this rainy June we've been having, the girls and I took off for the Destiny Hill Farm Lavender Festival. Sophia was most excited about riding a school bus (we had to be bused into the property because of local ordinances), and Maggie was interested in trying out the arts and crafts stations designed for kids.


The farm itself was lovely. The huge barn, doors flung open to the breeze, housed music, artisans, and food vendors (each selling their own brand of lavender-flavored goodies).

Seriously the best decorated festival I have been to in a long while, and I've been to a few. 
In order, Blueberry-Lavender Gelato (just a hint of lavender, not at all overpowering), Lavender fruit salad, and Lavender Lemonade (click for a recipe), which I absolutely loved and plan to make at home on a regular basis. 
Around the outskirts of the building, more vendors, lavender wines, horseback rides, and the lavender itself, in all its royal lusciousness.

Maggie decided to make Lavender Wands, a rather complicated, but excellent craft for girls about her age (7-9 years old). I've included a snapshot of the directions below, just in case you decide you would like to give it a whirl. We bought our very own lavender plant at the festival, and hope to harvest enough lavender to make another sometime soon.



I find lavender such a simple, but extravagant plant - sachets, flowers on your salad. The Destiny Hill Lavender festival showed this flower at its finest. If you live in the Pittsburgh area, put this on your Summer Bucket list for 2014. Until next time! ~Alice


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