For two weekends every June, 123 Farm in Beaumont, CA hosts a Lavender Festival. This year was their 12th annual and the first year we attended.
It was expected to be super hot the day we planned to go, so we arrived when the festival opened at 10AM. It was already over 85 degrees Fahrenheit by the time we got there.
The festival was really well organized and had seminars, a lavender marketplace and food stands (for all lavender inspired products) and live music.
Lavender fields greeted us with their beautiful purple blooms.
We attended a distillation demo, ate lots of lavender foods (lavender tea, lemonade, and ice cream – they had so much more), and visited the lavender marketplace, where I picked up two little lavender plants for myself. Supposedly, lavender plants are very hardy and enjoy full sun and our natural lime soil in Southern California. One of mine seems to have already died though. I’m in denial though, so I water it still.
Afterwards, we checked out the grounds of the Highland Springs Ranch & Inn, which had this cute cactus garden.
Kelvin enjoying the lavender fields before we headed home.
We saw some artists painting the fields. How beautiful!