About the Event
With the theme Homemade - Homegrown - Organic this year's event will feature
160 vendors selling:
- organic garlic, garlic wreaths, products and snacks;
- fresh organic produce;
- plants and plant products;
- local crafts of art, jewellery, wood, flutes, furniture, pottery, textiles, rocks;
- soaps, lotions, and herbal remedies
- great food
Live entertainment and children's entertainment all day
CONTESTS – CONTESTS - CONTESTS
- Largest head of garlic (soft-neck and stiff-neck)
- Heaviest clove of garlic
- Best Garlic Poem
- Best Garlic Braid
Admission $4.00 or $3.00 advanced tickets from the Friday
Market in New Denver; children under 12 free.
The Garlic Festival is a local community fundraiser put on by local volunteers through the Hills Recreation Society (a non-profit society). Over the years it has become one of the highlights of the
Hills / New Denver / Silverton community and has raised money to provide recreation facilities and services for the area including basketball/ tennis courts,
yoga classes, children's recreation programs, and local cross-country ski trails.
What started as a small gathering of friends who decided to have a
garlic-themed pot luck supper in the park grew quickly to a community event drawing local garlic growers and garlic lovers to the Hills Community park. By 2003, the Garlic Festival had outgrown its home and was moved to Centennial Park in New Denver.
Vendors from all over the Kootenays, the BC Interior, and farther afield gather to sell the bounty of their harvests: vegetables, herbs, arts and
crafts, and, of course, GARLIC! The festival attracts about 6000 people of all ages with lively music, great food, children's entertainment, and old
fashioned community fun.
Stop by the Hills Recreation Society booth and meet our volunteers. Buy tickets on our popular raffle of several baskets filled with samples of the
fabulous items available from vendors. Check out the latest Garlic Festival
souvenirs of the event. Enter one of the contests. Become a member of the Society.
Reminder: There is no cash machine onsite and most vendors cannot accept credit cards.
We look forward to seeing you at this unique community event for the whole family!