The fragrant lavender fields at Becker Vineyards will be the centerpiece of its own celebration at the annual Lavender Festival, which is scheduled for April 30 and May 1 this year.
The fields are located on a three-acre spread behind the winery. Richard and Bunny Becker planted the field after a trip to Provence, France, famous for its flourishing lavender.
The blooming season for the lavender is May and June, though the plants grow all year. Also, the Beckers have planted red poppies and bluebonnets, which bloom April through May at the winery, off Highway 290 near Stonewall.
The 13th annual Lavender Festival will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 and noon-5 p.m. May 1.
You might consider making reservations soon, however, for the popular Lavender Festival Luncheons (three courses). These are on both Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. They begin at 12:30 p.m. and are held in the Lavender Haus Reception Hall. $65 per person. Each course will be paired with Becker Vineyards’ wine. Catering is by Rails of Kerrville on Saturday and by Delicious Details on Sunday. To make reservations, click here.
The April 30 menu: Mixed Field Greens topped with lavender-encrusted chevre medallion, strawberries, and a poppy seed vinaigrette; Grilled Beef Tenderloin with an Herbs de Provence rub served over Scallion Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus with a Lavender Beurre Blanc; and Chocolate Lavender-infused Tres Leches Cake with a house made Blueberry and Lavender Gelato Kiss
The May 1 menu: Baby Greens with Grilled Peaches and Feta Cheese dressed in Lavender Dijon Vinaigrette served with house- made lavender crackerbread; Lavender Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce served over a bed of Linguine and garnished with chopped Pistachios and Gorgonzola, Roasted Asparagus Spears, Signature Dinner Rolls and Whipped Butter; and Lavender Lemon Curd Tarts.