Garlic Festival features delicious food and fun

Kids enjoy the watermelon-eating contest at last year's Northwest Garlic Festival. TIMM COLLINS photo

If it's been a while since you last enjoyed Ocean Park's culinary celebration, make it a point to attend this year's 23rd Annual Northwest Garlic Festival, June 19 and 20.

There certainly will be plenty of garlicky foods at the fest, but also lots of great music and other attractions.

There will be a strong contingent of vendors of everything from locally produced jewelry to elephant ears.

All this craziness came about as a result of an "innocent little festival" in 1981 at the famous Ark Restaurant in Nahcotta. Ark owners Nanci Main and Jimella Lucas decided to have a small outdoor "garlic festival" similar to the giant Gilroy, Calif., annual event. The rest, as they say, is history.

From the patio of the Ark to Bay Avenue and now so big and successful it has to be held at the Ocean Park ballfield and in the Ocean Park School, the Peninsula's own Garlic Festival is a chance to listen to excellent Northwest musicians.

Where else can you drink fine Northwest beverages while eating delicious garlic treats with a good band playing in the background? It'll be great, so please plan to join the fun.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.