Garlic has been around for at least six thousand years and it has come quite a distance from its native Asia. This pungent seasoning adds quite the flavor to many different types of cuisine and is used the most by those who follow the Mediterranean diets.
Lots of garlic is shipped all over the world from China, but South Korea, India, Russia, and Egypt ship it out as well. Many people choose to eat lots of garlic, because it is a known source of vitamins A, B-1, and C. It is also full of magnesium, calcium, and iron. This smelly herb can lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, while also allowing a person to overcome colds and fatigue.
While you may use garlic for some of your daily cooking, you may not know everything you could about this amazing superfood. This is where the many different local garlic festivals come into play. National Garlic Day happens to be April 19th, although many of the festivals are not held on that day. This means you can enjoy a garlic festival or two throughout the year as you travel locally.
This garlic festival is held at the end of July at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. This outdoor festival offers more than two tons of garlic within the food that is served. There are also three stages of live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and a children’s area.
Over in Mystic, Connecticut, the garlic festival takes place on a weekend in September. You will find everything garlic related to Olde Mystic Village. Farmers bring garlic, and fresh produce, to sell, while local restaurants serve up some tasty foods filled with garlic. Add in all the shopping opportunities and you will have a day-long event to keep you busy.
The Midwest Garlic Festival is held in Terrapin Park in Elizabeth, Illinois on Labor Day weekend. This free event allows you to purchase garlic from local farmers, as well as the fresh produce they bring. There are many food vendors sharing how to prepare different foods with garlic and many of those foods are for sale. Music plays in the background, as you are wandering around, so do not be surprised if you start dancing with others who are in attendance.
Maine’s Garlic Festival is held every year in October at Lake George Regional Park. When you are not enjoying the garlic and other foods, you can spend time playing a few games or listening to music. There is also an art exhibit to wander through before you leave.
This garlic festival is held on the McLeod Country Fairgrounds in August. This is a family-friendly event that is full of garlic, food, and fun! The farmers within this state grow more than seventy different varieties of garlic and it is used in everything there, including ice cream.
This garlic fair is held at the China Bend Winery in Kettle Falls, Washington every August. This garlic fair has been going strong for more than twenty years now. When you are not tasting the garlic, you can listen to music and drink some fine wine.
This festival can be found at Sow True Seed in Asheville, North Carolina in October. It is at this garlic fest, where garlic ice cream, garlic fudge, garlic cookies, and even honey that is fermented with garlic can be found. Make sure you check out all the food trucks, so you can find the garlic foods you love the most!
These are only some of the local garlic festivals held in the US throughout the year. While none of them are on National Garlic Day, you can still enjoy garlic when you attend any of them. If you are looking for something different on your next vacation, you may want to visit an area near one of these garlic festivals. I can help you set everything up, so you have an amazing vacation not too far from home!
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