(map) In just a few years, the little town of Blanco has become the “Lavender Capital of Texas,” with several farms in the area now growing the fragrant herb. Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the annual festival celebrating all things lavender, and does it smell great! Three sides of the Old Blanco County Courthouse are surrounded by dozens of booths offering anything imaginable made from lavender. Below, a “Lavender Lizzie,” made with Lavender Margarita Mixer and champagne. Yes, please!
Offerings range from the edible, like lavender pasta, lavender rosemary bread and dark-chocolate lavender ice cream, to soaps, lotions, aromatic oils and sachets.
Live music in two different areas throughout the day keeps things festive. If you can, check out the inside of the historic courthouse – the courtroom scenes from the Coen brothers remake of “True Grit” were filmed here.
There are dozens of other vendors selling arts and crafts, like jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, wind-chimes. There are also local Texas wineries and Texas brewers like Real Ale selling their wares, as well as specialty Texas foods, like olive oil. New for this year is a Texas craft brew tent.
This year’s festival should be successful even beyond all expectations. After this weekend, local farms will continue harvesting, giving tours and hosting open houses through June.
Find lavender farm maps, festival schedule and more info here.