Welcome to Grindrod Garlic Festival

Grindrod Garlic Festival Aug 19 2018

About Us

Grindrod Garlic Festival Society

We were incorporated as a B.C. Society in 2015. 

The purposes of the society are: 

(a) To raise awareness about and promote local food and agriculture, and economically and environmentally sustainable farming practices;

 (b) To foster community spirit by organizing the Grindrod Garlic Festival;

(c) To support related local community events, community organizations, artisans and education initiatives whenever possible.


The Grindrod Garlic Festival Society was able to make donations to a number of non-profit and community organizations that volunteered at the Festival. 

Grindrod Elementary PAC coordinated the busy Kids’ Activities area. 

Allan Brooks Nature Centre brought their mobile Nature Trailer and a unique opportunity to visit with raptors. 

Our local church youth group, a sports club and 4-H clubs helped with set up, parking, gates, garbage and take down.

“We want to recognize the youth and groups that help at the Festival, and give back to the community when we can”


The Grindrod Garlic Festival Society has also established a bursary to be given to a graduating high school student planning to continue their studies in agriculture or environmental science and a grant to schools in our district for an environmental learning project.

Event History

The First Annual 


was held 

at the Grindrod Park

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Organized by members of the Grindrod Recreation Association to use Grindrod Park more and eventually fundraise towards a new Community Hall.

The festivals goal was to highlight what our region has to offer, educate and offer a fun, interactive event for all ages.

"We really want the community and the public to participate and enjoy the local garlic culture.”

There are many ways to participate at this family friendly event!

Event Highlights


Garlic Cooking and Eating - Sign up for the popular garlic eating contest and cheer on your favourite contestant.

Watch garlic cooking demonstrations and Q &A with a local chef.

Kids & Community - featuring fun activities for children which include rock painting, creating a giant chalk board drawing, and playing in a pool of grain.

People’s Choice Art Contest - Create an original, garlic-inspired work of art in any medium, the winner will get a prize and will be featured on next years poster.

Garlic, Vegetable, Herb and Photography Judging, and Garlic Poetry - Are you convinced your vegetables are the best, your herbs the tastiest, or your garlic is the biggest? 

Enter them in the garlic, vegetable and herb competition classes. 

From Most Unusual Shape to Best Braid and Most Varieties Grown, there is a garlic class to fit every size and shape of garlic.

If the camera is your preferred tool, the photography contest is perfect for you. Photo themes are: Anything Garlic!” 

“Life on the Farm” and “Pets and People.”

Are you a great poet, and want everyone to know it? 

Write a garlic-inspired poem or song to be shared at the Festival.

Competition classes are open to everyone. Bring all entries to the information booth before 10 am on festival day.

Free Workshops are 

scheduled throughout the day! 

Audit all for free or take home  a braid or painting for a small material fee of $5

Learn to make and decorate a garlic braid with Veronica Faulkner from Garlic Goddess in Grindrod, BC.

If you want to take home a braid from  the Garlic Braiding Workshop sign up for a fee of $5 for materials at the Info Booth.

Learn how to grow garlic at the Garlic Growing Workshop with Ian Richardson from Rocky Ridge Garlic in Mara, BC.

Learn how to paint garlic with Staar Caswell at the Sip'nPaint workshop.

Sign up to take home a painting for $5 for materials at the Info Booth.


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