Purple Haze

Painting the town lavender

Photo credit Ron Miller, courtesy of Taste Newberg
Photo courtesy of Taste Newberg
Photo credit Brittney Eisele, courtesy of Taste Newberg

Each July, The Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg hosts the Willamette Valley Lavendar Festival. Here's how some local businesses celebrate:

Art with Elegance
306 E. Sherman Street, Newberg, OR

Commemorate lavender flowers in a more permanent manner by painting a flower field on a vintage china plate. Mixed media and assemblage jewelry studio Art with Elegance offers classes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Lavender-themed jewelry and art will also be available for purchase. Visit www.artwithelegance.com to learn more.

Cream Northwest
701 E. First Street, Newberg, OR

Beat the summer heat with a cool, flavorful, lavender-infused scoop of ice cream with a blueberry swirl or lavender lemonade sorbet. Tucked inside Chapters Books and Coffee, Cream Northwest offers an array of small-batch, seasonal flavors– often made with local ingredients– guaranteed to make every mouth happy.

Bellingar Estates
24055 NE. North Valley Road, Newberg, OR

Why not preserve this year’s lavender blossoms by weaving them into a fragrant wreath? Join owner Kim Bellingar at her winery on Sunday, July 17 as she leads a lavender wreath-making class. Learn how to create a beautiful piece of natural art while sipping a complimentary glass of wine. All wreath-making supplies are included, $75. Sign up at www.eventbrite.com/e/lavender-wreath-making-workshop-tickets-342294109897, space is limited.

Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn
200 Hwy 99W, Newberg, OR

Imagine the unique, aromatic combination of freshly popped corn and lavender. All month long, follow your nose to this shop selling lavender-infused popcorn. While you’re there, check out all Miss Hannah’s flavors, from more traditional to downright wacky.

Lemon and Olive
910 E. First Street, Newberg, OR

During lavender season, Newberg’s newest food cart is baking up fresh lemon-lavender olive oil cakes. Comprised of honey and citrus, each olive oil cake is topped with a sweet cream cheese lemon and lavender frosting. Located in The Bite, Newberg’s downtown food cart pod, Lemon and Olive also serves up fresh spanakopita, gyros, herbed egg & pita sandwiches and chocolate hazelnut baklava.

Coffee Cottage
808 E. Hancock Street, Newberg, OR

Start your morning with no ordinary cup of joe… one with house-infused lavender syrup added to a locally roasted brew. Pair it with a freshly baked lavender-rosemary scone surrounded by lavender flowers in their outdoor seating area. Sounds like a purple dream.

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