Bennington Garlic & Herb Festival Celebrates 20 Years
The Bennington Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival at Camelot Village this year on Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. It’s the garlic lover’s dream come true, with almost 200 vendors, featuring everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and a plethora of garlic bulbs in every variety, available for sampling or purchase.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our 20th anniversary of the Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival this year,” said event chair Lindy Lynch. “It’s grown into such an exciting event with a weekend full of activities for every member of the family. We created the two-day pass when we realized most people were spending the entire weekend at the festival.” She reminds everyone to “please leave your pets at home – animals are not allowed onto festival grounds and the parking area gets very hot.”
For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a late summer weekend, the event promises something for everyone. Demonstrations begin Saturday morning and continue throughout the weekend on planting, growing, braiding and cooking with garlic.
You’ll enjoy trying specialty drinks like the garlic margarita in the hospitality tent and sampling food selections while relaxing on the shaded lawn, so bring your lawn chairs and friends. Not a garlic lover? There are dozens of restaurant tents and food trucks, activities for the kids and live entertainment featuring some of the area’s top bands and performers.
There’s too much to enjoy in just one day, so get your two-day pass at the gate and spend the entire weekend. There’s plenty of free on-site parking and wagon shuttle service to the gate. The cost for a one day pass is $6 for adults and $2 for children aged 12 and under. A two-day pass is $10. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Camelot Village is located on Route 9 in Bennington. For more information, call 802-447-3311 or visit lovegarlic.com.