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
Location: Everts Park | 102 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040
Rain or Shine Event
Kid & Pet Friendly
BYOC - "Bring Your Own Chair” and/or Blanket
No Outside Food or Beverages
No Smoking or Vaping
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.
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What's Happening at Garlic Fest
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2019 Garlic Fest Special Items
|Baked Cheese Haus||Queijo 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 Baron||Garlic brisket sliders|
|La Cocinita Food Truck||Garlic-Marinated Pork Tacos with Roasted Garlic Crema|
|Culinary Gangster Food Truck||Aglio Burger ("Garlic Burger")|
|The Fat Shallot Food Truck||Garlic truffle BLT's|
|The Humble Pub||Dill & garlic vodka cocktails|
|Keep It Hot||Garlic Greek chicken layered in a bed of spinach|
|Popcorn Jester, Juice Jester||Garlic popcorn|
|Swirl Cafe Food Truck||Cherry Balsamic Brownie with Black Garlic|
|Taquizas El Poblanito||Shrimp tacos al mojo de ajo (shrimp tacos with garlic) garlic aioli cabbage , onion, cilantro, avocado|
|Taste-A-Thon||Organic vegan garlic chocolate chip cookies; Organic vegan garlic zucchini bread|
|The Toadstool Pub||World Famous Garlic Bloody Mary's w/ candied bacon garlic style|
|Toasty Cheese Food Truck||The Garlic Goomba & Garlic Fries|
|Tres Flores Funnel Cakes||Garlic Funnel Cakes|
|Up In Smoke Creations||Garlic jalapeno peanuts, garlic ranch peanuts and pistachios|