Celebrate the "stinking rose" at garlic festivals across the Northwest and British Columbia this summer.
Itching to get out of town? Let your feet follow your nose (and your taste buds) this summer, to garlic festivals around the region.
Why leave town: To finally find out what wine goes with garlic? To finally try chocolate-dipped garlic? Do you need another reason?
What’s going on: Towns around the Northwest host festivals dedicated to the fabled “stinking rose,” which not only adds zest to food but over the centuries has been attributed to be a wonder cure for everything from high blood pressure to the Plague. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA).
Where and when: There are garlic festivals throughout the summer and across the Northwest and into Canada. One of the longer-running (31 years) and best-known is the Long Beach Peninsula’s Northwest Garlic Festival, June 16-17 in Ocean Park, with the slogan: “It’s chic to reek” (www.opwa.com/html/garlic_fest.html). A sampling of others:
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• On at least one Top 10 list of the world’s garlic fests is the Elephant Garlic Festival in the Portland suburb of North Plains, Ore., Aug. 10-12. Gotta love its web address: www.funstinks.com.
• Chehalis Garlic Fest, Aug. 24-26, (www.chehalisgarlicfest.com).
• Okanogan River Garlic Festival in Tonasket, Okanogan County, Aug. 24-25 (communityculturalcenter.org/Garlic_Festival.php).
• British Columbia has several, including Pender Harbour Garlic Festival, on the Sunshine Coast, Aug. 11-12; Hills Garlic Festival, New Denver, Sept. 9; South Cariboo Garlic Festival, Lac La Hache, Aug. 25-26, and Chilliwack Garlic Festival, Sept. 15-16.
What to expect: Lots of novelty foods, including garlic ice cream and jellies. Music, beer and wine. Healthy people with breath that will knock you down.
Costs: Most events offer free admission; a few charge a modest fee at the gate, check the web for details.
Brian J. Cantwell: 206-748-5724 or firstname.lastname@example.org