Grindrod is gearing up for its annual Garlic Festival

Grindrod is gearing up for its annual Garlic Festival

Garlic takes centre stage in Grindrod

The "stinking rose" is the star as the community holds its annual family-friendly festival in August

It will be all things garlic in Grindrod Aug. 16, as the community hosts the sixth annual Grindrod Garlic Festival.

This family-friendly event invites you to join local growers for a taste of everything garlic and more!

Enjoy a day of live music, art, crafts and local produce by the river. Stock up your winter’s supply of your favourite garlic varieties. Sign up for the popular (and free) garlic braiding and growing workshops, or learn about raising small flock chickens.

Create an ode to garlic poem to be read aloud at the festival. Combine the fresh ingredients provided in the garlic cooking contest into a delectable dish, or dare to enter the garlic eating contest.

The community section features activities for children such as felting, a StoryWalk about a bear and bee, bubbles and chalk drawing.

New this year is a People’s Choice art competition coordinated by the CourtYard Gallery in Enderby. Submit an original garlic-themed drawing or painting by 9 a.m. at the information booth Aug. 16. The works of art will be displayed at the festival for voting, and the winning piece will be used for next year’s festival poster.

From Most Unusual Shape to Most Varieties Grown, there is a garlic class to fit everyone. Festival organizers are looking for submissions for the following contests: garlic, vegetable, fruit and herb show; and photography: Anything Garlic!‚ Life on the Farm or Pets and People.

Bring your entries to the information booth before 11 a.m., then enjoy the festival and workshops. More details are available at

The Grindrod Garlic Festival is  Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grindrod Park, Highway 97A, north of Enderby. Admission is $3 per person.

For more information, call festival coordinator Gabriele Wesle at 250-306-6582.