One of San Luis Obispo Countys newer events, the Central Coast Lavender Festival, returns to Paso Robles Downtown City Park on Saturday, featuring local growers, vendors, a tasting garden, demonstrations and more.
In its fifth year, the event celebrates an emerging industry with samplings of lavender products like sauces and ice cream, as well as seminars on the benefits of the plant and the ways its prepared and used.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.cclavenderfestival.com.
This years harvest came a bit earlier thanks to the recent heat wave, and growers like Jim and Claudia Estrada of Harmony Lavender Farm in Atascadero have been busy preparing their crop. Here's a look at the process »