The 27th Annual Hills Garlic Festival took place in Centennial Park, New Denver, BC, on September 8, 2019. Approximately 150 vendors sold garlic, other garden produce, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, syrups, canning, pottery, glass art, clothing and textiles, leatherwork, woodworking, and other crafts. A large variety of meals and snacks.both for consumption on site and to take home were available. Non-profit organizations were available to sign up members and answer questions.
Over 3500 patrons came through the gates. We don't charge for children under 12, but we estimate conservatively another 500 children. When you add in the many volunteers and vendors...well, it was a very busy day!
Our volunteer crew did an amazing job selling early bird tickets at the Friday Market, setting up on Saturday, welcoming people, answering questions and directing people to vendors, selling raffle tickets, collecting donations for the raffle baskets from the vendors, directing traffic and parking, and a host of other jobs that make the festival a success. Special thanks goes to the amazing Green Team who ensured our goal of a Zero Waste Event was achieved through excellent efforts at composting and recycling. Bill Kennedy loaned his shredder which was terrific.
The entertainment was fantastic. Our "house band," Mountain Station, performed 2 great sets. Vanir wowed the crowd with both well known and original songs. A special treat this year was Eldorado Hoedown and the square dancers who added something different to the Festival. Flydini the Magician had full houses in the family entertainment area for both of his shows. Thanks to Bill Johnston for once again being our Master of Ceremonies and to Jeff Pilsner and Ana Bokstrom for being the sound technicians.
The Hills Garlic Festival has been recognized as one of the ten best Garlic Festivals. Many vendors tell us this is their favorite event of the craft fair/festival season. With our commitment to a Zero Waste Event, we are a leader in the festival industry and are always striving for improvement.
When you come, walk, ride the shuttle bus, peddle your bicycle, paddle your kayak...however you get there, we look forward to seeing you at this unique community event for the whole family!
NO DOGS...NO DOGS...NO DOGS...NO DOGS...NO DOGS UNLESS YOU ARE CARRYING DOCUMENTATION THAT YOUR DOG IS A SERVICE DOG, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO REMOVE YOUR DOG FROM THE SITE.
Free passes available! First 3 adults in a vehicle pay and the rest are free. Get passes from the parking volunteer where you park your car.