There’s nothing like garlic to keep the vampires away! Or at least that’s what ancient lore tells us. If you’re a garlic fan, however, (and not a creature of the night) you won’t want to keep away from these over-the-top fall garlic festivals that are usually jam packed with garlic connoisseurs and plenty of good food to boot.
From raw to roasted to special heirloom varieties, you’ll find garlic lurking in just about every food imaginable from soda to ice cream. You’ll learn everything there is to know about garlic’s history, cultivation, and uses in the kitchen and elsewhere. There are usually some well-known chefs who turn up to garlic festivities so don’t be surprised to catch a glimpse of one having his picture taken with the garlic queen.
You’ll want to take home lots of goodies as the food products can be truly spectacular. Wisely, you’ll be told that all pets are prohibited so don’t think about bringing Fido along. Garlic can be extremely poisonous to dogs and cats.
Bloomington Garlic Festival - Bloomington, IN - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2019
Enjoy local dishes prepared with garlic as well as cooking competitions, kidzone, live music and other artists.
Pocono Garlic Festival - East Stroudsburg, PA - Sep 3 to Sep 4, 2019
Canceled for 2022 – we’ll check for it’s return in 2023. Normally: 60 vendors of food and crafts offering garlic everything to try at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. 10 AM to 6 PM. Advance ticket sales are from May until early September. Arts & crafts, entertainment, garlic eating contest, chopped garlic cooking competition and children’s area with petting zoo and more entertainment.
North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival - Orange, MA - Oct 3 to Oct 4, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 100 booths of farmers, artists and community organizations. Raw garlic eating contest and chef demos. $10.00 per day for adults, free shuttle and parking too.
Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival - Amherst, VA - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Always a Stinkin’ Good Time! This popular event is held at Rebec Vineyards. It features live music, arts, crafts, tastings, and over 150 arts and craft vendors. This is Virginia’s largest agricultural festival.
Olde Mistick Village Garlic Festival - Mystic, CT - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Over 50 farmers, vendors, bakers and restaurants will join for this terrific free family event. A fun filled garlic festival family weekend at Olde Mistick Village with local produce, preserves, baked goods, prepared food, crafts and concoctions. Olde Mistick Village restaurants will feature special garlic related foods. Live musical entertainment all day both days and kids’ activities with a live birds of prey program, a martial arts demonstration and a reptile show. Hours are Saturday 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.
Cuba Garlic Festival - Cuba, NY - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
Contests, live music, petting zoo, food demos, lots of garlic, amazing food, and more.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival - Saugerties, NY - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
A wide variety of music performances partners with this harvest-type event featuring chefs and lecturers, food vendors, craft area, children’s area, marketplace and workshops.
Easton Garlic Fest - Easton, PA - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
A festival all about garlic, glorious GARLIC! Vendors will sell it, chefs will cook it, and musicians will sing about it, the air will be sweet with the stink of it but best of all, you can eat it!!!
Garlic Festival at the Farmer’s Market-Warrensburg - Warrensburg, NY - Oct 8 to Oct 8, 2021
Celebrate garlic with samplings, cooking lessons, recipes, and live music.
Garlic and Harvest Festival - Bethlehem, CT - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Annual event running for more than ten years. Garlic cooking demonstrations, specialty food vendors and live band performance. Delicious garlic foods and even garlic ice cream in the food court. Held at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds.
Cleveland Garlic Festival - Cleveland, OH - Aug 27 to Aug 28, 2022
Live bands, Top Chef Grill Off Competition, parade, pageant, and opening preview party. Kids activities including rock climbing, tastings, garlic growing, and chalk art classes.
Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 3 to Sep 3, 2022
Annual event for 20+ years. Sample food and find crafts from 100 vendors using garlic and herbs in products, including everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, plus take in cooking demonstrations, planting and braiding tips, a little shopping, kids’ activities, the Beer and Wine Garden, live music, and more. For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic-lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a Vermont end-of-summer day, the event promises something for everyone.
Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival - Little Falls, NY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2022
Enjoy main stage performers, nature walks, a queens pageant, kids zone, food demonstrations, and plenty of fun, food, and excitement, with many items featuring locally grown garlic and herbs.