Think purple: Sonoma Lavender Festival

Purple stalks are pushing to the sky for the 15th annual Sonoma Lavender Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, in Kenwood – food, wine and activities amid a five-acre lavender farm in full bloom.

Lavender lovers can wander the fields and cut fresh bouquets from the three types of lavender, as well as study the 32 varieties grown in the specimen garden.

Rebecca and Gary Rosenberg, owners of Sonoma Lavender will give hourly seminars about growing and using lavender. Chef Mary Bergin, executive chef and cookbook author, will provide lavender cooking demonstrations and tasting. Lavender Bee Farm will discuss beekeeping and honey production.

Lavender cuisine will be prepared by Worth Our Weight, a culinary apprentice program in Santa Rosa, to include lavender salmon and chicken, lavender pulled pork, and lavender grilled vegetables, lavender brownies and more.

Other activities include free spa treatments and massage, live music, purple nails, face painting, and craft making, pottery, paintings and more. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door, to benefit Proceeds support the Education through the Arts program at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts subsidizing performances for 30,000 children a year.

The farm is located at 8537 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Turn East at Chateau St. Jean winery and follow the signs. 523.4411.

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