The venue is not huge, and can comfortably be thoroughly perused in a few hours. But there are many reasons to make a day of it, like if you are seeking garlic knowledge, enjoy shopping for crafts, or just want to listen to the many good bands while eating good food.
If you choose to enjoy the wide beverage selection, it's good to follow this advice:
I'd recommend skipping the garlic Bloody Marys. They are good, but the garlic pieces clog up the straw. Frustrating!
Of course you attend for the garlic, either for planting this fall or your culinary needs. And there are many booths with commercial growers supplying both, at attractive prices.
|Note the "Garlic Antidote"|
Did you know you can (sort of) braid hardnecks?
There were many garlic products. We really loved the scape pickles, and wish we had enough scapes to pickle ourselves.
How about chocolate garlic muffins?
There were also quite a few local micro-wineries and micro-distilleries on display. Watch out! The tiny sample sips add up!
More good advice:
After the event we visited the Battle of Bennington monument. This was a famous colonial victory in the War of Independence, actually fought 10 miles away in New York State. But the Redcoats and Hessians were on their way to Bennington to seize supplies and horses, so that's how it got its name and why it's here.
You can ride an elevator to the top. We decided to save that for next time.
We stayed at a really nice place, the Safford Mills Inn & Cafe, located on the opposite side of town from the festival. They aren't a B&B, they're an "A&A." What's that stand for? Accommodations and Aperitifs! Meaning no breakfast, but cocktails and light fare in the evening included in your room rate. That worked perfectly for us! We highly recommend it.
Next morning, on the way home, we stopped at the Hogback Mountain Overlook. They claim "100-Mile Views." I don't know about that, but the views are nice.
We were home Sunday morning, with plenty of time to do gardening. It was a great trip!
So what did we buy? Last year we bought Music, Georgian Fire, and German White seed garlic. All did very well. After trying many samples, we bought four new varieties this time.
Not too long before these get in the ground!
If garlic is your thing, we heartily recommend attending this festival, or seeking one out in your area.