By Jerry Ford
The ninth annual Minnesota Garlic Festival will be Sat., Aug. 9, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Festivities begin at 9:50 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony, “Throwing Out the First Bulb,” and things just get more pungent from there.
Presented by the SFA Crow River Chapter, this is the premier event for lovers of garlic, great local foods and good times! Family friendly, fun-filled and fragrant, this festival features fantastic foods, celebrity chefs, marvelous music, a fashion show, area artisans, goofy games … and lots of GARLIC – all in support of a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communities in Minnesota.
If you’re a garlic grower, you can enter your bulbs in the Garlic Growing Contest and win fabulous prizes. See more here.
If you’re looking for seed garlic to plant this fall, this is the best place to get it. Fourteen of the finest growers in the state will have their premium garlic from their 2014 crops, and all of them are tested for Garlic Bloat Nematode, a disease that is devastating garlic crops elsewhere. Plus you’ll know that these bulbs are already acclimated to our northern growing conditions. See the list of growers here.
The festival runs its own cafe, The Great Scape, known as “the best ephemeral restaurant in Minnesota,” where you’ll find celebrity chefs preparing and serving dishes planned just for the day.
On the Lakewinds Co-op Local Foods Stage, Mary Jane Miller hosts a full day of cooking demonstrations with the finest chefs around, including the Emmy Award-winning author, Raghavan Iyer.
There are ongoing activities planned for the kids, from being in the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade – the grand parade in the middle of the day – to building and flying their own kites. See more about the entertainment lineup here.
For the adults, we have local craft beer, cider and Minnesota wines, served in a souvenir wine glass or beer mug. More on this here.
And so much more! Visit the homepage to get the very latest on all the attractions. Hint: there’s a downloadable 2-for-1 ticket coupon on the website, too.
Come to Hutchinson on Aug. 9 and taste the bounty! We promise you’ll go home smelling very different.
It’s not too late to volunteer to help out with the festival, and it’s a great deal: free admission, a meal and a t-shirt. Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Brigid Borka, firstname.lastname@example.org.