Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am writing this on a very busy weekend here in Sequim...it's our annual Sequim Lavender Festival!
We have 30 lavender farms in a 10 mile radius...and as I said in my last post...you had better love the smell...and taste...of lavender, and be very partial to purple...because it predominates...especially for this long weekend every year.
Friday, the opening day of the 20th Annual Sequim Lavender Festival, we drove the 3 miles to the coast from our home to the George Washington Inn B and B, home of the Washington Lavender Farm for their annual festival afternoon tea. We go the first day, as it is the quietest, less crowds and shorter distances to walk from the parking area, which we now do because of my husband's Parkinson's Disease...
The inn was built in 2008 and is an exact replica of Mount Vernon...very fun!
They have beautiful grounds, with the main house, a shop a farm store and an attached sun room that faces the ocean, that they call the Piazza...which is what George Washington called his at Mount Vernon...where the tea is held.
We came early to tour the festival booths and listen to the live music, and we had a scoop each of Chocolate Lavender Mint ice cream while we waited...divine!
There were 3 seatings for the tea on Friday, and we had reservations for the 1 pm. White wicker, purple tablecloths, purple violet china....we were seated with 2 ladies on a day trip from 2 1/2 hours away....
And is often the case, I forgot to take photos until we were well into the sandwiches....here is the menu:
Raspberry Lavender Black Tea
Caprese Tea Sandwiches
white bread circles with basil ricotta and tomato slices
Salmon Mousse Tea Sandwiches
marbled rye with salmon mousse
Guacamole Tortilla Roll Ups
small corn torillas with an avocado, chives, cilantro and pepper filling
Cranberry Currant Lavender Scones
Orange Peel Lavender Scones
Strawberry And Mango Fruit Skewers
Lemon Pie Bars With Lavender
Cookie Spoons with Chocolate Mousse
And a George Washington re-enactor was on hand...he is a Washington specialist and does a marvelous job of being totally in character and answers any questions from an 18th century perspective...he was around the grounds as well as table hopping at the tea. Wonderful!
Today was the Lavender Street Fair downtown, and there are also a car show, concerts, art shows, quilt shows, sculptor show, several dances and lots of fun things. So...there you have my tea experience this week...what was yours???? I am joining...
Thanks so much for joining me for tea! Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit! If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!
What a lovely Lavender Farm, tea and the tea set they used for service was really wonderful too. Sounds like President Washington did a great job of teaching too! How fun.
How nice that you and your hubby got away to the festival and enjoyed such a lovely menu. I'll bet the food was heavenly and the scents were divine. Thanks for hosting your party, Ruth.ReplyDelete
Oh my, Ruth, this is so lovely! What a treat to be able to attend such a Festival. Love the lavender draped tables and the food sounds delightful. Thanks for sharing and linking. I don't have a tea post today and I'm going to be absent for a few weeks with family arriving home. Enjoy your Summer and I'll visit you again when I get back. You and your hubby take care. xoReplyDelete
Wow 30 lavender farms! That is a lot. Does it like to grow in your climate. It makes for a beautiful landscape! Thanks for hosting!ReplyDelete
I'm in lavender heaven! Your afternoon tea looks wonderful and I'm intrigued by the chocolate lavender mint ice cream. Thank you for hosting and enjoy the rest of the week!ReplyDelete
*Sigh* Lavender....so lovely! What a beautiful time you had!ReplyDelete
I would have loved to have gone too, and eaten all the delicious food : )
Thank you for hosting
Oh what a fun event! I would have liked to be there. I love the smell of lavender...ChristineReplyDelete
This looks wonderful Ruth! The tea looked lovely; I was intrigued by those cookie spoons with the chocolate mousse. What's not to love about a lovely tea in a beautiful setting with all that lovely lavender around? I just happened to pull out my lavender rollerball last night to use for its lovely scent and relaxing properties.ReplyDelete
Oh I want to go to the Lavender Festival and the George Washington B&B! It's close enough that I should be able to make it one day. I hope that your hubby is doing well. My father had Parkinson's and had to stop playing the piano because of it. The wicker and mauve colours look beautiful and the menu sounds amazing. Thank you for visiting me and I am glad to be back and visit your lovely posts. Blessings, Karen
Oh Ruth, what a delightful day you experienced.The lavender scent almost comes through the computer from your awesome photos. I thought the Geo Washington Inn looked familiar. It's Mt. Vernon. Lol. I hope you do have the opportunity to stay there. How wonderful a lavender tea. I was unable to attend our local lavender festival this past weekend so I very much enjoyed your post. JillReplyDelete
Oh my word - this looks like the absolute perfect weekend away - I would love love love love love to attend this. Perhaps one day I can do so! If so, I will let you know I am there! : - )ReplyDelete
Ruth, this a wonderful post - thanks for sharing it with us!
My kind of weekend, especially the tea.ReplyDelete
Ruth, I love Lavender and enjoy attending lavender festivals! We have one about 40 minutes away, but it's been a few years since I've went. Need to next year. Looks like you a wonderful time and the tea sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous! I love all things lavendar; this looks wonderful!ReplyDelete