Backyard Adventures / Ontario

A day of everything lavender – NEOB Lavender Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake

A day of everything lavender festival

Of all of the edible flowers, lavender has to be my favourite. I jumped at the chance to head to Niagara-on-the-Lake for the 2016 NEOB Lavender Festival – a festival all about that little purple plant.

lavender fields festival

I may or may not have lavender detergent, lavender hand soap, dish soap, body wash, perfume and more. Don’t judge, I said it was my favourite.

Whether you love the look or the smell, lavender is more than just fragrance. It can help with anxiety, sleep and of course you can add it to food for a fresh, earthy taste.

The festival offered two ways to enjoy the grounds. The island hopper pass allowed attendees to scope out the festival with a couple of treats for $5 and the second option, the world traveller, was $15 for all the items.

So what exactly do you do at a Lavender Festival?

Frolic in the lavender fields

Lavender starts blooming around June or July, so the festival was placed perfectly for optimal frolicking. Run your hands through the bushes or sit and watch the bees dance around the flowers.

frolic in the lavender fields

Eat lavender items

Have you heard of lavender flatbread? Or lavender lemongrass square? How about ice cream with lavender syrup?

That’s right, if you like looking at the flower and smelling the flower then why not eat it right?

The festival offered the aforementioned items as well as delicious lavender root beer and a lavender Japanese raindrop cake.

Haven’t heard of raindrop cake? Well, it’s made of mineral water and agar and is like eating a solid, jello-y raindrop aka: like eating nothing. My reaction: “Slimy yet satisfying” (#LionKingReference)

Rounding the day off with a lavender macaron, truffle, and cheesecake, my stomach was as happy as a lavender coloured clam.

Lavender rootbeer Lavender Festival
Lavender festival raindrop cake

Cut your own lavender

Before I realized I could cut my own bouquet, I had one handed to me. It now sits in a vase on my bookshelf. I got roped in by its aroma and caved to buy culinary lavender, pillow spray for better zzz’s, shea butter to lather up, and lavender honey.

The fields were open for those adventurers who wanted only the freshest of lavender.

You could also roam the vendors selling amazingly unique items, attend a lavender related workshop or join a tour of the greenhouses.

lavender fields bee

I was very impressed by the festival, which is only a couple of years old. The organizers stated there were 7,000 people in attendance during the weekend; so obviously, I’m not the only one obsessed with lavender.

What has been the most interesting or unique festival you’ve attended?

About Author

Olivia Rutt is the travel writer and photographer behind My Wandering Voyage, a travel website helping working millennials find time to travel. She shares insight in trip planning, travel inspiration and photography tips. Olivia hails from southern Ontario, Canada where she works in the media industry between travels. Follow Olivia on Instagram where she shares her travel photos, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter.