Morris Dancers, Brandragon
Rain Of Animals is the euphonious collaboration between Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!) and Theodore Barnard (Wire & Wool) and their love of all things mandolin, fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, bluegrass, oldtime, swing, tunes and songs. Spanning originals to arrangements of classics, gems of rarities you wish you had discovered earlier, their sound is both new and old, unique in it's instrumental wizardry and musical integrity all at once.
Lavandula's Lavender Harvest festival is a celebration of all things lavender, and it's an opportunity for visitors to discover the many processes and uses of this wonderful plant. The process includes harvesting with hand sickles, bunching for drying, winnowing the flowers and seeds, and distilling for essential oil and floral water. Its uses are many and varied from dried flower arrangements, filling potpourri satchels, culinary lavender used in cooking and lavender oil and water for therapeutic and medicinal use.
A lavender harvest is not complete without the festive energy of our local Morris Dancers, Brandragon.
Special guest, Pepita Emmerichs of Oh Pep!, will be filling the lavender scented air with her dynamic brand of folk music (see description above). A local lass who has made a huge impact on the world stage!
Join one of the rural demonstrations from lavender distilling, lavender wand making or wool spinning. Come and say hi to our local artisan blacksmith, who is sure to amaze you with his fine metal constructions.
Artisan stallholders will have their amazing products for sale. And a face painter for children of ALL ages.
Oh, and I almost forgot ... we have a troupe of clowns, jugglers, musicians and your everyday zany-folk attending sure to bring smiles to everyone's faces. Join one of the zany treasure hunts or join the clown parade around Lake Lavandula.
There will be food from our massive wood-fired oven, an Italian-style BBQ and our festival-sized paella. Plus many more options, including lavender scones and lavender ice cream.
The original 1860s farmhouse will be open for tours by original descendants, Faye & Boyd.
A great day for the whole family. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm
350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat
Gate fee: $6 per adult / $2 per child