Garlic Fest

2022 TBD.
Everts Park (111 North Avenue)

Great Food

The intoxicating scent of garlic and the promise of a stinking good time will once again bring the crowds back to Highwood’s 10th annual Garlic Fest on Wednesday, August 18th from 4:30-9:30 pm in the newly renovated Everts Park (111 North Avenue). Held in conjunction with Highwood’s Evening Gourmet Market, this foodie fest showcases a plethora of dishes with the ever-popular taste (and scent) of garlic, with live music and plenty of family-friendly activities to entertain all evening long.

Festival attendees will have the opportunity to sample various garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic-infused chocolate, cookies, ice cream funnel cakes, and garlic-infused cocktails, to the classic, savory options like pastas, sandwiches, sauces and spreads. In additional to garlic offerings, a wide range of local produce, gourmet cheeses, homemade pastas, baked fare, assortments of breads and pastries, an array of ethnic delicacies and local artisan wares will also be on-site to enjoy! Not to worry, there will be plenty of mints on hand and recipes will be available to take home!

Garlic Fest crowd

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People’s Choice and Judge’s Competitions Winners

Taste of Garlic Competition in the categories of Sweet & Savory:

JUDGE’S CHOICE SAVORY
• 1st Place Savory – Heff’s Cowboy Kitchen, Waukegan, IL, for their Garlic Soy Chicken Wings. Note; while this was the first competition for Bryan Heffernan, namesake and chef/owner of Heff’s Cowboy Kitchen, he is well known around Highwood as the first chef at the original Washington Gardens and owner of Highwood’s Shrimp Walk (since closed).
• 2nd Place Savory – La Casa de Isaac and Moishe, Highwood, IL, for their Roasted Garlic Lamb Brisket Empanadas
• 3rd Place Savory – Flyin Hawaiian, West Chicago, IL, for their Garlic Shrimp and White Rice with Caramelized Chopped Garlic
JUDGE’S CHOICE SWEET
• 1st Place Sweet – Susie Regan, Highland Park, IL, for her Susie’s Sweet Heat Candied Garlic Bacon
• 2nd Place Sweet – Chicago Mike’s Ice Cream, Highwood, IL, for their Vanilla Bean Black Garlic Infused Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream
• 3rd Place Sweet – Maryanne’s Sweet Treats, Highwood, IL, for her Roasted Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies

PEOPLE’S CHOICE SAVORY
● 1st Place Savory – The Toadstool Pub, Highwood, for their World Famous Bloody Mary with Garlic Infused Toadstool Pub vodka, Stephanie’s Homemade Garlic Pickle, Susie’s Sweet Heat Candied Garlic Bacon, and a mozzarella ball and olive stick.
● 2nd Place Savory – Flyin Hawaiian, West Chicago, IL, for their Garlic Shrimp and White Rice with Caramelized Chopped Garlic.
● 3rd Place Savory – La Casa de Isaac and Moishe, Highwood, IL, for their Roasted Garlic Lamb Brisket Empanadas.
PEOPLE’S CHOICE SWEET
• 1st Place Sweet – Maryanne’s Sweet Treats, Highwood, IL, for her Roasted Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies
● 2nd Place Sweet – Susie Regan, Highland Park, IL, for her Susie’s Sweet Heat Candied Garlic Bacon
● 3rd Place Sweet – Chicago Mike’s Ice Cream, Highwood, IL, for their Vanilla Bean Black Garlic Infused Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

You can still get Garlic Fest Recipes To Go
courtesy of Michael Goldstein, Senior Residential Lender, Wintrust Mortgage

Garlic Fest Award Winners

Garlic Fest Winners Collage

Garlic Fest Judges

Judge Collage

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Garlic Vendors/ContestantsEntry
Wexler Gault Group - Mints
Beeson’s Nursery - Garlic plants
Big Dog Farm - Mixed variety garlic
Chicago Mikes Ice Cream Company - Vanilla bean black garlic-infused chocolate chip ice cream
Crazy Dog - Monster Garlic Dog (Footlong Kielbasa sausage with melted butter and fresh chopped garlic)
Fallen Angel Farms - Farm stand with several garlic varieties
Fat Shallot - Garlic truffle fries and garlic truffle BLT
Flyin Hawaiian - Garlic shrimp and white rice with caramelized chopped garlic
Fox Valley Garlic - Garlic herb compound butter, garlic scape pesto, garlic herb marinara, and multiple varieties of naturally-grown hard neck and soft neck garlic
Highwood Bocce Club - Garlic sausage pasta frita with garlic butter
La Casa de Isaac - Garlic brisket empanadas
La Cocinita - Garlic-roasted pork tacos with cilantro-cabbage slaw, queso fresca, and roasted garlic crema.
Papa Willies BBQ - TBD
SLYCE Pizza - TBD
Toadstool Pub - World Famous Bloody Mary with garlic-infused Toadstool Pub vodka
Urban Kettle - Garlic popcorn
Maryann’s Sweet Treats - Roasted garlic chocolate chip cookies and Garlic Fest logo cake pops
Susie’s Sweet Heat Bacon Bark - Candied garlic-infused bacon, drizzled with chocolate

Live Music

The event would not be complete without an incredible live music offering and from 6:00-9:00 pm, Celebrate Highwood is honored to present Bill Pantle & The Tribute To Old Blue Eyes Trio, classic Sinatra and selections from The Great American Songbook, plus some jazz instrumentals too.

Garlic Fest Music

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August 184:30-5:30 pm LILY FALBERG & HER GUITAR- Join us for one last hoorah before Lily goes off to her first year of college! She has been an integral part of our Highwood community's youth music scene. She has been attending the School of Rock Highwood since she was in elementary school, teaches her own private students, and was also a music leader at Apachi. Come see her LIVE so you can say you saw her before she got really famous!
6:00- 9:00pmBILL PANTLE & THE TRIBUTE TO OLD BLUE EYES TRIO - Classic Sinatra and selections from The Great American Songbook, plus Some Jazz instrumentals too!

A special thanks to Celebrate Highwood Sponsors that help make producing Highwood Garlic Fest possible including Highland Park Bank and Trust/Bank of Highwood-Fort Sheridan and Michael Goldstein Senior Residential Lender Wintrust Mortgage.