By Anna Black
This year’s Chilliwack Garlic Festival, now in its sixth year, is being dubbed by organizers as being “bigger, smellier, and more rockn’ than ever!”
Featuring local vendors, food trucks (such as GQ, Bannock Wagon, Teriyaki Boys, Lenny’s Lemonade), music, events, a beer and wine garden, kids zone, and of course garlic, the festival takes place September 17th and 18th at Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack.
Featured performers at this year’s festival include Steve “Elvis Elite” Elliott, Cambree Lovesy, Magpie, The Outdoor Poets, The Dusty Aces, Lb4Lb, and more. There will be a busking and main stages.
New to the Chilliwack Garlic Festival this year is the addition of two Fantasy Farms chili cook-offs in support of Chilliwack Community Services’ Christmas sharing program. Open to both amateur and professional chili cooks, the first event is sanctioned by The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI), a non-profit that raises money for local charities by promoting American red chili. Cooks will have six hours to create their own award-winning chili from scratch on-site at the festival. A $15 entry fee applies. The second cook-off is a garlic freestyle event with free entry. There will be prizes for all winners and of course bragging rights.
Past attendees have sung the praises of the festival on the Facebook page, describing it as “an awesome event…great music, vendors, hosts, and food. Well, worth the visit” and “So much fun! Train rides, stompin’ music, and garlic, garlic, garlic! (yum!)”.
The fair runs Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM – 7 PM and Sunday, September 18th from 10 AM – 4 PM. Tickets are available both on-site and online for $10 each with free parking provided. Children 16 and under can attend for free and senior admission is two for the price of one.
For more information, please visit www.chilliwackgarlicfestival.ca.
Fantasy Farms Inc.
9423 Gibson Rd (off Exit 123)
Chilliwack, BC V2P 6H4
Please note that pets are not allowed on site.