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Fiber festivals feature local producers on Lopez, Whidbey

May 11th, 2011 | Category: News

WHIDBEY/LOPEZ – The 1st Annual Lopez Lamb & Wool Festival and Matt Dillon Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the Lopez Community Center (LCCA) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features a sheep drive through Lopez Village, shearing and fleece sale, sheepdog demonstrations, meat-cutting demos, and information about sheep breeds, as well as spinning, weaving, carding, felting, knitting, and dyeing demonstrations. A dinner of Lopez lamb and other Lopez foods prepared by acclaimed chef Matt Dillon of Seattle’s Sitka and Spruce will be available for $35 per adult and $5 for kids 12 and under. The dinner includes a no-host bar of Lopez Island Vineyards wine, with music by Matt, Carol and Eric. Proceeds benefit the Lopez School Farm-to-School Program. To purchase dinner tickets or for more information contact (360) 468-2467 or www.islandfibers.com.

On Whidbey Island, the Fiber Quest festival will be held Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at various locations. Participating farms include: Paradise Found Fiber Farm (paradisefoundfiber.com), Fern Ridge Alpaca (FernRidgeAlpacas.com), Pronkin’ Pastures Alpaca Ranch (pronkinpastures.com), Island Bliss Alpacas (IslandBlissAlpacas.com) and Olympic Mist Farm Alpacas (alpacanation.com/olympicmistfarm.asp). The first “Fiber Quest for Yarn & More” was held last fall. For more information, visit whidbeyfiberquest.com.

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