ENJOY LUNCH ON THE TERRACE
What is a pop-up dining restaurant? It is a dining experience that is here today and gone again within a limited time.
Enjoy a pop-up dining experience here at Laveanne Lavender Fields. For 19 days in July every Thursday through to Sunday savor a decadent lunch menu created
by award winning chef Mathew Thompson from the Trattoria Gusto restaurant in Port Hope.
This will be a true food adventure for those looking for something new, unique and creative.
The full menu will be showcasing the many culinary possibilities of lavender from sweet to savory dishes. From 11 am to 3 pm indulge your taste buds and experience the allure of lavender.
As you enjoy your meal relax with a glass of wine or beer, friendly conversation and the breath taking view from our terrace that overlooks the lavender field. Nod along to soft French cafe music playing in the background to totally transport you to the sunny south of France.
Sunday concert series, for the five Sundays in July enjoy live music from 1:00p.m.-3:00p.m.
Chef Mathew Thompson has worked in kitchens for approximately 15 years, during that time he graduated from the Chef Training and Culinary Management programs at Humber College. Since then he worked in restaurants in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver before settling in Port Hope as the Chef of Trattoria Gusto where he has remained for the past three years. Besides working in traditional kitchens Mathew has experience in high end catering and has served clients like Louie Vuitton, Holt Renfew, and Tiffany and Co. His culinary inspirations range from diner comfort food to gourmet, haute cuisine, with a current focus on contemporary Italian. Trattoria Gusto is a modern Italian restaurant located in the historic Waddell Hotel. This beautiful 19th century building looks over the Ganaraska river in the heart of downtown Port Hope.
JULY IS BLOSSOM MONTH
Over 10,000 lavender plants burst into colour in the month of July. The colour and experience is different each week.
1ST WEEK IN JULY- The fields at this time are in bud, showing colour but not open yet. They are a lovely deep dark purple. At this time we selectively harvest some of the lavender in our fields for our culinary bud production. Lavender is an edible flower and can be used in both sweet or savoury dishes, adding a subtle floral flavour.
2ND WEEK IN JULY- The fields at this time are starting to bloom and the dark purple colour that we saw last week is brightening to a brighter purple as more and more flowers open up.
Our labyrinth is available to walk, as are our grounds for you to bring your own lunch on a warm day and enjoy a picnic in the lavender fields.
3RD WEEK IN JULY- The fields at this time are reaching their peak colour intensity, as more and more flower buds open, the fields explode into a bright purple haze and the scent and the sound of the honey bees humming is awe inspiring.
4TH WEEK IN JULY- The fields have reached their peak bloom, almost all the buds have opened and the fields are a very bright purple, the show continues as the English lavender flower varieties start to fade and now the French lavender flower varieties start showing colour.
5TH WEEK IN JULY- The bloom is over and now our work begins. Although the fields are still showing colour , it is time to harvest for our essential oil distillation. The English lavender varieties are almost finished but the French lavender is at it’s peak. It’s just after the last weekend in July that the flowers are all harvested and processed and the show is over.
Please Note : Many of our visitors enjoy laying in the grass, having a picnic on the grass, or walking barefoot in the grass. For this reason we say that dogs are not allowed, except trained service animals. Please also respect that some people are afraid of dogs. We would like everyone to enjoy a relaxing day here at Laveanne. Thank you for your understanding.
We do not charge an admission fee to view our fields. We only ask for a free will donation for the care and up keep of the grounds and facilities offered
to our guests.
AFTER THE SHOW AUGUST TO OCTOBER
Although the fields are pruned in early August, the labyrinth is still a relaxing experience. The terrace is available for you to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the fresh air and open space of the country. A self guided tour will explain the different lavender varieties, the harvest, the processing and the versatility of lavender essential oil. The gift shop is full of product made from our lavender harvest and items created from the many talented
artisans in the area.
IN EARLY SPRING MAY TO JUNE
Our greenhouse is the place to explore, we have a large selection of lavender varieties and a great selection of culinary herbs and heirloom vegetables starts as well. Our labyrinth is available to walk, as well as is the terrace for you to bring your own lunch on a warm day and enjoy the peace and nature. Our gift shop is open for you to browse and see the many things lavender can be used in to sooth the body and mind and intrigue the pallet.
A labyrinth really is the opposite of a maze. A labyrinth is not designed to be difficult to navigate. There is only one path, only one entrance and only one exit. What is the significance of a labyrinth you may ask? It is believed that walking a labyrinth helps balance the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The combination of mental focus and repetitive body motions promotes a meditative state of mind. Labyrinths are being used worldwide as a way to quiet the mind, a path of prayer, a walking meditation, and a space to listen to your innermost thoughts. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth other than being respectful to others walking it. Although it is best to begin the walk with an intention in mind. We invite you to walk our lavender labyrinth. You may find that each walk in the labyrinth can be different depending on your intention, how you are feeling or even by what season you are walking in.
We hope the relaxing scent of lavender will add another dimension to your spiritual and emotional experience.
The labyrinth at Laveanne
What to do in THE AREA
Food & Entertainment
2762 County Rd. 28, Port Hope
23 Main St, Warkworth
37 King St W, Cobourg
13 Main St, Warkworth
2 Mill St, Warkworth
8796 County Rd 18, Roseneath
8382 Gilmour Rd, Campbellcroft
1296 Bowmanton Rd, Roseneath
9109 County Rd. 45, Roseneath
223 Milgate Rd, Grafton
104 Lang Rd, Keene
910 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough
10585 Cold Springs Camp Rd
9741 County Rd. 10, Campbellcroft
(Balloon Ride) Rice Lake
4704 Pollard Road,Orono
Plast Rd, Grafton
474 County Rd. 8. Campbellford
24 John St, Port Hope
5316 County Rd. 28, Port Hope
20 Queen St, Port Hope
11 Main St, Warkworth
855 Second Line Rd, Bailieboro
779 Zion Line, Millbrook 705-932-4445
Where to Eat in THE AREA
63 Walton St. Port Hope
108 Walton St.
86 John St. Port Hope
2 Queen St. Port Hope
59 Walton St. Port Hope
55 Mill St. S Port Hope
64 John St. Port Hope
26 Ontario St. Port Hope
The Station Pub
22 Ontario St. Port Hope