Thousands of residents and guests are eagerly anticipating the first ever Sierra Nevada Lavender and Honey Festival coming to downtown Sparks on Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors in Victorian Square will be treated to lavender and honey products from local Northern Nevada farmers and vendors along with local arts and crafts, music, workshops, children’s activities like 39 North train rides, yoga sessions, and event-themed food and drinks.
“This is a high-end event with everything that is lavender and honey-related,” says 39 North Downtown’s Angela Handler.
Local food vendors will be preparing signature dishes with lavender and honey along with nearby bars including Mummers, Cantina Los Tres Hombres, Petite Street, and the Victorian Saloon serving lavender mojitos, margaritas, and honey-infused drinks.
Over 60 vendors will be in attendance along with morning adult and kids’ yoga classes put on by Juicebox Yoga and three female-based bands playing the ukulele and American folk rock. Over at the St. Mary’s Amphitheatre, local experts will be holding workshops such as Beekeeping 101 and lavender home remedies.
There will be plenty of photo booth opportunities along with a honeybee mascot there to take pictures and coloring-book type event postcards.
Great Basin Brewing Company is even serving up a signature lavender-infused beer titled “Purple Moon” after receiving 150 entries on what it should be named.
“The festival a celebration of local agriculture, local food and independent businesses,” Handler said. “And what better place to have it than downtown Sparks. We work with farmers at our Thursday night farmers market, and agriculture is a perfect fit for special events, especially lavender and honey. We look forward to growing this into a regional event.”
Sponsoring organizations for the festival include Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute, 39 North Downtown, City of Sparks, Great Basin Brewing Company, Juicebox Yoga, Victorian Saloon, Mummers and Nevada Health Link. For more information, visit www.lavenderandhoneyfest.com.