I'm getting to the end of my time in Oak Ridge, wow, time flies. When I first came to Oak Ridge three years ago in 2009, I really looked forward to the Secret City Festival and Lavender Festival. I used the shuttle between the two festivals to go to Jackson Square for the first time. Without a car, Jackson Square was pretty far away to be walking in the summertime. I had a ton of fun at both festivals, spent all day outside in upper ninety degree weather. That year I went on a tour of Y-12 National Security Complex, played laser tag, ate lavender for the first time, heard "Eye of the Tiger," and of course, looked at all the exhibits.
Last year the Lavender Festival really made an impression and so this time around I knew I would spend most of my time at the Lavender Festival. Even though the lavender festival is very small, I think it's one of my favorite festivals I've ever been. The reason is that the vendor selection totally matched my tastes. There was a lot of pottery, bar soap, interesting jellies, exquisite cheese, and gorgeous wooden serving spoons.
|Lavender honey ice cream from Cruze Farm in Knoxville. The flavor was good, but their ice cream is not as creamy as Razzleberry's ice cream.|
|Erin's Meadow Herb Farm made an appearance too!|
|"The Chef" comes every third Saturday to cook breakfast in a pay whatever you like pricing scheme.|
|Farmer's market in Oak Ridge on Saturdays and Wednesdays. This is my first time attending this year, since I usually go to the flea market for cheaper produce, but the atmosphere is pretty nice at farmer's markets. I may go back next week. Maybe.|
|Fried green tomatoes, a southern dish but really took off in Tennessee|
|Lavender milkshake. While standing in line I said I wanted a lavender milkshake and the person in front of me copied me. Good ideas are contagious, eh?|
|Spinach sambousek from Mediterranean Delight|
|There is a new bakery in town! Dean's Restaurant and Bakery located in Jackson Square|
|Oak Ridge High School's old year books? I didn't actually flip open these books, they looked ancient but there was a crowd around the books and middle aged people talking about attending the high school|
|Corn on the cob|