The Gilroy Garlic Festival is the big boy of garlic festivals. It was started in 1979 to help foster community pride in the areas soft neck garlic production. Since that time it has grown into a huge, heavily sponsored event with loads of garlic themed entertainment. Over 100,000 visitors attended in 2013 and $350,000 was distributed to 167 charities. The festival has raised over $10 million for charities over its 35 year run. Gilroy Garlic festival concentrates more on the food and fun aspect of garlic than on garlic production or diversity.
The Olde Mistick Village Garlic Festival offers you a chance to visit with local garlic growers, sample some garlicky food and check out local crafters.
The Garlic and Harvest Festival features family fun for all with garlic growing lectures, fresh garlic, cooking demos, garlic ice cream, live music, rides and a zip line. The festival is growing every year and provides loads of entertainment. This year they have a new and improved website with lots of photos.
This festival is orientated towards ‘Food Entertainment’, i.e. music and fine dining not garlic growing. There are musical acts, entertainment and great food. Money raised goes to support local non-profit educational and art programs for youth. Delray Beach Garlic Fest has donated over $430,000 to charity.
This festival is sponsored by Garlic, Inc., a 2012 nonprofit educational group. They concentrate on the educational aspect of garlic consumption and offer interesting lectures about field to plate food production and consumption. Sadly their website has some issues with secondary navigation (try to capture the navigational button, right click and hit open to see pages).
This small garlic festival features big band music, great eats and a fun dog show with agility and flyball! come eat a garlic brownie.
North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Fest features interesting demonstrations, a raw garlic eating contest, unique venders, renewable energy info, and lots of family entertainment. This non-profit event is a fund raiser for Seeds of Solidarity Educational Center and emphasizes homemade and handmade high quality crafts. Check out the cool wood-fired masonry oven that bakes great food for the volunteers! Their slogan: "where Orange is the new green".
Minnesota Garlic Festival has over 100 varieties of garlic from local growers for you to buy! This family friendly and zero waste event has cooking demonstrations, entertainment and live music. For more on the festival plus some oddball facts check out their funny and interesting e-newsletter, The Stinky News. I started reading and found myself laughing out loud several times. Annual garlic poster design competition and recipe contest.
This small garlic festival hosted by Carodelet Gardens Urban Farm features garlic, live music, a farmers' market, children's activities and good food. The nonprofit Carodelet Gardens Urban Farm grows 16 varieties of garlic in 2.4 acres of urban lots.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival NY has an astonishing variety of garlic varieties and venders complimented by great entertainment. The garlic takes center stage here and everything else revolves around it. If you are looking to sample the full range of garlic flavors or wear garlic on your hat, this is the place to do it. For the grower or cook there are many garlic growers selling exotic garlic seed or culinary garlic. This is one of the larger garlic festivals.
The Cuba Garlic Festival is a fun family event with food and craft demonstrations, a garlic cook off, cheese making demo, and dog agility exposition. Enter your perfect garlic in a great garlic bulb contest or participate in a garlic hot dog eating contest! For those who like wine with their garlic, there is even an amateur wine making contest.
The Fox Run Vineyard Garlic Festival pairs fine wines with garlic foods and music. There are a series of lectures on garlic growing, cooking, wine, and food. Buy heirloom garlic or enter the annual poster contest.
Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival offers a fun day watching the garlic cook off, garlic braiding demonstrations and medicinal herb lectures. One third of the admission costs go to support the Mohawk Valley Center of the Arts. They seem to take their mission seriously, and look askance at handing out suspicious pamphlets or decorating vender booths out of season. Their motto: 'Eat, Stink and Be Merry'.
The Long Island Garlic Festival celebrates organic garlic with garlic food, crafts, music and theater. Some of the proceedings go to support local environmental charities. Garlic Iron Chef! Three local chefs have 1/2 hour to prepare a master garlic dish in front of a live audience.
Family fun with entertainment by local artists and a kids craft table. Buy garlic from local growers or attend a growing garlic presentation.
The Cleveland Garlic Festival is a celebration of grilling, garlic and fun family activities with a dash of local stainability thrown in. Money from the festival is used to support and operate farmer's markets and educational and charitable market programs throughout Greater Cleveland.
This is the winner of the Garlic Festival Face-Off so they reclaimed their original name (they had split into two festivals: the Summer Fest & Garlic out West and the Oregon Garlic Festival). This festival focuses on elephant garlic (actually a member of the leek family) not 'real' garlic. However, in the spirit of fun stinks, I am including their festival in my list. They have one of the best website addresses: funstinks.com!
Pocono Garlic Festival has plenty of family entertainment with two days of nonstop garlic food, music, novelty family shows, and children’s activities. Cooking demonstrations by chefs; local growers and artisans; and strolling entertainers add to the air of fun.
The Keystone State Hot and Stinky Garlic and Herb Festival features local garlic growers and crafters. Have a fun time watching or participating in a garlic or hot pepper eating contest!
The Easton Garlic Fest offers fun cooking demos, free food samples and a Dracula Dip contest. Their slogan is 'Eat, Drink & Stink'. Poster contest for those who love to draw garlic.
Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival has fun activities for garlic growers and cooks. You can go on a weed walk to discover the different properties of common plants, learn how to grow garlic, participate in a pie eating contest, try to get a hole in one in garlic golf, or relax in the beer and wine tent with a garlic margarita. About 12,000 people attended in 2012.
The Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival features a selection of wine from Virginia wineries and garlic from local growers. Spend the weekend drinking great wine, sampling garlicky food, and being entertained.
The Northwest Garlic Festival features fun family entertainment with a variety of venders, food and live music. See their collection of garlic decor and clothes; including jewelry and hats! Try out their selection of handmade garlic soaps (mmm mmm, add a little tomato sauce hair gel and a mozzarella hat with a spring of oregano for that freshly baked pizza smell guaranteed to attract hungry people and dogs - just don't let the dogs eat the garlic). Those with an artistic bent can try their hand at the annual garlic poster contest.
Okanogan River Garlic Festival is a fun family oriented event with a garlic piñata, and a dunk tank. It offers local wine, bread and cheese tasting.
The Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Faire features fun for all with 65 different kinds of naturally grown garlic, gourmet garlic foods, a vintage trolley to pick up people in the Twin Cities, wine tasting and pony rides.
Perth Garlic Festival offers a garlicky good time with local garlic growers, educational lectures, cooking demos, and an art silent auction. One of the world's top 10 garlic festivals with many fun events. They even provide a garlic cough syrup recipe for those who sleep alone (umm believe in the curative powers of garlic).
Carp Farmer’s Market Garlic Festival features fun cooking demos, garlic growing lectures, garlic tasting, and over 100 market booths.
A fun family event with garlic presentations, cooking demonstrations and gourmet garlic. Check out the extensive garlic market or watch celebrity chefs go head to head in a black box cook-off.
At South Cariboo Garlic Festival you can take your picture with the garlic mascot Garlina, try a garlic cookie or watch the Master Garlic Chef competition. It is fun for the whole family with live entertainment and activities for children (even a garlic peeling and eating contest). It is not everywhere you can see 'Elvis' pose with a giant garlic (Garlina).
Hill’s Garlic Festival has fun contests and activities for everyone. Try your hand at garlic poetry or see who has the largest bulb! Over 160 booths feature organic, homemade and hand grown garlic, produce, plants and all sorts of crafts. Listed as one of the world's top 10 garlic festivals.
At the festival visitors learn about the many strains of local garlic. While stocking up on garlic they can taste delicious garlic-themed food prepared by chefs and paired with Ontario craft beer; and try garlic-infused chocolate, fudge and brittle, and garlic ice cream, all created locally. Plus, black garlic, pickled garlic scapes, garlic jelly, garlic dill pickles, garlic soda, garlic braids, garlic bulbils (for planting), garlic pesto, and several types of Ontario-made condiments are available for purchase. Fascinating presentations on garlic history, health benefits and cultural secrets are featured throughout the festival day among other activities such as contests, a film screening and cooking demos.