2022 garlic festivals
Here's the tentative 2022 festival lineup! Festivals normally mail me applications from February or so onward, but are usually scheduled on predictable dates or have them published already.
GarlicTown USA, (Or possibly a return to "Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival?) Bennington, VT- For two years during COVID, Bennington's garlic festival has been a one day event, renamed as "GarlicTown USA." I'm not quite sure yet if that will be the case for 2022, but either way, it's Labor Day Weekend every year. This year, Saturday is the 3rd of September and if we go back to two days, Sunday is of course the 4th. Either way, the Southwest Vermont Chamber of Commerce works hard to put on an amazing festival and it should be an excellent time- if we have to, we'll fit two days of fun into one again!
Check out the Chamber of Commerce website for lodging options, food, etc, in the region and for the latest festival info. It happens to be my back yard, so to speak (the farm is 15 minutes away), and I'm a bit biased, but the region is gorgeous at this time.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, Saugerties, NY. Always the weekend before Columbus Day weekend (October 1st and 2nd, 2022).Check out the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce website here, to check out the area beforehand. This is a huge garlic festival, and well worth the trip. Saugerties is a beautiful Hudson Valley town, walkable dining options and excellent small town feel (because it is, in fact, a small town.) No word from organizers yet, but they put on a great, covid-safe 2 day event last year and it looks like they're planning the same for 2022. You can usually find me on Grower's Loop, in between the New Jersey pickle guys and TC's marinades, and a good, safe 50 yards from the buzzing bees.
Warrensburg Garlic Festival, Warrensburg, NY. Usually the Friday of Columbus Day weekend, which is October 7th this year. Keep in mind, this is a short festival from 3pm to 6pm, important to plan in advance!
In addition to these festivals, my garlic is available locally, at Perry's Orchard in White Creek (directions here).and at Moses Farm in Eagle Bridge, NY (directions). I try to make my first deliveries to both of them in early to mid August. In the case of Perry's, it often coincides with the first summer apples available, when they're first opening up for the season. Moses opens by spring and is already hopping by then- so you can start adding garlic to your baskets by August! They also carry my scapes from the hardneck garlic varieties, starting in June.