Garlic Festival returns to Grindrod

Enjoy a day of live music, art, crafts and local produce by the river.

The organizers of the 6th annual Grindrod Garlic Festival on Aug. 16 invite you and your family to join local growers for a taste of everything garlic and more.

Enjoy a day of live music, art, crafts and local produce by the river.

Stock up your winter’s supply of your favourite garlic varieties. Sign up for the popular (and free) garlic braiding and growing workshops, or learn about raising small flock chickens. Create an ode to garlic poem to be read aloud at the festival. Combine the fresh ingredients provided in the garlic cooking contest into a delectable dish, or dare to enter the garlic-eating contest. Come join the fun!

The community section features activities for children such as felting, a StoryWalk about a bear and a bee, bubbles and chalk drawing.

New this year is a People’s Choice art competition coordinated by the CourtYard Gallery in Enderby. Submit an original garlic-themed drawing or painting by 9 a.m. at the information booth on festival day, Aug. 16. The works of art will be displayed at the festival for voting, and the winning piece will be used for next year’s Garlic Festival poster.

From Most Unusual Shape to Most Varieties Grown, there is a garlic class to fit everyone. Festival organizers are looking for submissions for the following contests: Garlic, Vegetable, Fruit and Herb Show; and Photography: “Anything Garlic!”  “Life on the Farm” or “Pets and People.”

Bring your contest entries to the information booth before 11 a.m. on festival day, August 16, then enjoy the festival and workshops. A list of the competition classes and other details are available at the Grindrod Garlic Festival Facebook page.

This year’s Grindrod Garlic Festival happens on Sunday, Aug. 16, from 9 to 4 at the Grindrod Park, Highway 97A North of Enderby. Admission is $3 per person.

For more information, contact festival co-ordinator, Gabriele Wesle at 250-306-6582.