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.
Mohawk Valley Garlic & Herb Festival - Little Falls, NY - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Enjoy main stage performers, nature walks, a queens pageant, kids zone, food demonstrations, and plenty of fun, food, and excitement.
Cleveland Garlic Festival - Cleveland, OH - Aug 26 to Aug 27, 2017
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.
Bloomington Garlic Festival - Bloomington, IN - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Enjoy local dishes prepared with garlic as well as cooking competitions, kidzone, live music and other artists.
Pocono Garlic Festival - Shawnee, PA - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
35 garlic stations of food 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.
Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival - Bennington, VT - Sep 2 to Sep 3, 2017
Annual event for 20+ years. Sample food and find crafts from 100 vendors using garlic and herbs in products. Admission is $5 per person per day or $8 for the weekend. Kids 12 and under are $1.
Olde Mistick Village Garlic Festival - Mystic, CT - Sep 16 to Sep 17, 2017
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 16 to Sep 17, 2017
Contests, live music, petting zoo, food demos, lots of garlic, amazing food, and more.
Nostrano Garlic Festival - Southwest Harbor, ME - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2017
Annual event for 15+ years at Smugglers Den Campground. Local restaurants, garlic growers, and breweries celebrate the harvest of the garlic crop.. There is also a large farmers market.
North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival - Orange, MA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017
18th annual event. 100 booths of farmers, artists and community organizations. Raw garlic eating contest and chef demos. $5.00 per day for adults, weekend pass $8.00, kids 12 and under free, free shuttle and parking too.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival - Saugerties, NY - Sep 30 to Oct 1, 2017
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.
Garlic Festival at the Farmer’s Market-Warrensburg - Warrensburg, NY - Oct 6 to Oct 6, 2017
Celebrate garlic with samplings, cooking lessons, recipes, and live music.
Garlic and Harvest Festival - Bethlehem, CT - Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2017
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.
Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival - Amherst, VA - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
Always a Stinkin’ Good Time! . This popular event is held at Rebec Vineyards, 2229 N Amherst Hwy, Amherst. It features live music, arts, crafts, tastings, and over 150 arts and craft vendors. This is Virginia’s largest agricultural festival.