Garlic Fest

August 14, 2019

This fun, food-filled event showcases the ever-popular taste of Garlic. Attendees come to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during the Evening Gourmet Market, the fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories, as well as the very popular Garlic Royalty and Princess Competitions.

Wednesday, August 14
Hours: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Everts Park | 102 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Free Admission
Rain or Shine Event
Kid & Pet Friendly
BYOC - "Bring Your Own Chair” and/or Blanket
No Outside Food or Beverages
No Smoking or Vaping
Parking Information

People’s Choice Awards and Judge’s Choice Awards

Along with the traditional People’s Choice competition in the categories of Sweet & Savory, there will be a Judge’s Choice competition. Guest judges will sample the selection of garlic creations and choose a winner from the Sweet & Savory categories. Hope there are plenty of breath mints available!

Make sure to come on out and cast your vote for the People’s Choice winners. Ballots available at all participating vendor booths and the ballot boxes will be located at the Celebrate Highwood tent. The winners in the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice competitions will be announced immediately after the Garlic Royalty Contest at the Gazebo starting at 8pm.

Garlic Royalty Contest

Hear Ye Hear Ye! Celebrate Highwood is calling all wannabe Kings, Queens, Prince and Princesses to be crowned the next Royal Garlic Representative. Interested Garlic Princes or Princesses (aged 6 to 17 years), Garlic Kings and Queens (over 18 years) can sign up now at the links below.

Contestants will have up to 1-3 minutes on stage during Garlic Fest to explain why they should be Highwood's next Royal Garlic Representative. Winners will be determined by judges for speech, appearance and audience applause. The winner will receive a royal crown and be responsible for making a number of appearances at all major Highwood events and potential media appearances.

Garlic Princes or Princesses (aged 6 to 17 years)- Sign Up Here
Garlic Kings and Queens (over 18 years)- Sign Up Here

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Terrific Tomato Contest

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What's Happening at Garlic Fest

Weekly Vendors

View list of Weekly Vendors

Garlic Fest Vendors
Special Items
Previous Royalty Winners
Previous Winners

Evening Gourmet Market Vendors

List of Vendors- at the Market Every Wedneday

2019 Garlic Fest Vendors

ObsessionsJewelry, trendy sterling and handmade; purses; scarves
ScentsyCandle warmers, candle melts, diffuser warmer and candle accessories
Wanderlust Sea SaltInfused nordic flake sea salt including garlic, lemon, onion and pickle flavors; olive oil

2019 Garlic Fest Special Items

Baked Cheese HausQueijo de Coalho: Brazilian-style Grilled Cheese on a Stick served 3 ways: drizzled with garlic mojo, drizzled with black rum maple syrup or drizzled with hot pepper jelly
BBQ BaronGarlic brisket sliders
La Cocinita Food TruckGarlic-Marinated Pork Tacos with Roasted Garlic Crema
Culinary Gangster Food TruckAglio Burger ("Garlic Burger")
The Fat Shallot Food TruckGarlic truffle BLT's
The Humble PubDill & garlic vodka cocktails
Keep It HotGarlic Greek chicken layered in a bed of spinach
Popcorn Jester, Juice JesterGarlic popcorn
Swirl Cafe Food TruckCherry Balsamic Brownie with Black Garlic
Taquizas El PoblanitoShrimp tacos al mojo de ajo (shrimp tacos with garlic) garlic aioli cabbage , onion, cilantro, avocado
Taste-A-ThonOrganic vegan garlic chocolate chip cookies; Organic vegan garlic zucchini bread
The Toadstool PubWorld Famous Garlic Bloody Mary's w/ candied bacon garlic style
Toasty Cheese Food TruckThe Garlic Goomba & Garlic Fries
Tres Flores Funnel CakesGarlic Funnel Cakes
Up In Smoke CreationsGarlic jalapeno peanuts, garlic ranch peanuts and pistachios