Garlic Fest

August 15, 2018 NEW DATE: August 22, 2018

This fun, food-filled event showcases the ever-popular taste of Garlic. Attendees come to sample a variety of garlic creations from out-of-the-ordinary garlic ice cream, candy, cupcakes and cocktails, to the more usual pastas, sauces, breads, and butters. Held during the Evening Gourmet Market, the fest features a Taste of Garlic Competition for the Savory and Sweet categories, as well as the very popular Garlic Royalty and Princess Competitions.

And the winners of the 8th Annual Garlic Fest are...

Judge's Choice
Savory:Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co. for crostini with black garlic aioli, goat cheese, heirloom tomato, arugula and garlic infused extra virgin olive oil!
Sweet:The Toadstool Pub for candied garlic bacon!
People's Choice
Savory:210 Live for garlic studded brisket sliders!
Sweet:Swirl Cafe for cherry balsamic brownie with black garlic!

And the Garlic Royalty…

Garlic QueenPat Lenzini of Highwood (also 2015 winner)
Garlic KingScott Baeseman of Highland Park (also 2017 winner)
Garlic PrincessNessa Rose Donagan of Highland Park (age 5)
Garlic PrinceOliver Farley of Highland Park (age 8)
Garlic BabyTaylor Bella Krause of Highwood (age 9 months)

Meet the Judges

In addition to the annual People’s Choice Award for the Best Taste of Garlic in the Sweet & Savory categories, this years’ competition included a professional panel of judges including Chef Alan Lake, author of The Garlic Manifesto, Adam Santor of Passanante Home Food Service, and Katie Wiswald, of Highland Park Bank & Trust.

Wednesday, August 22
Hours: 4:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Everts Park | 130 Highwood Ave. Highwood, Illinois 60040

Free Admission
Rain or Shine Event
Kid & Pet Friendly
BYOC - "Bring Your Own Chair” and/or Blanket
Parking Information

People’s Choice Awards and New This Year...Judge’s Choice Awards!

Along with the traditional People’s Choice competition in the categories of Sweet & Savory, this year, there will be a Judge’s Choice competition. For the first time at Garlic Fest, guest judges will sample the selection of garlic creations and choose a winner from the Sweet & Savory categories. Hope there are plenty of breath mints available!

Make sure to come on out and cast your vote for the People’s Choice winners. Last year’s People’s Choice winners: The Toadstool Pub WINNER for BEST SAVORY for their garlic infused Bloody Mary’s and Maryann’s Sweet Treats WINNER for BEST SWEET for their garlic infused chocolate treats.

Ballots available at all participating vendor booths and the ballot boxes will be located at the Celebrate Highwood tent. The winners in the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice competitions will be announced immediately after the Garlic Royalty Contest at the Gazebo starting at 8pm.

Garlic Royalty Contest

Hear Ye Hear Ye! Celebrate Highwood is calling all wannabe Kings, Queens, Prince and Princesses to be crowned the next Royal Garlic Representative. Interested Garlic Princes or Princesses (aged 6 to 17 years), Garlic Kings and Queens (over 18 years) can sign up now at the links below.

Each contestant will be given the opportunity for free coaching by professionals from The Performer’s School, the North Shore’s premier performance studio for young people, when they visit their tent at the Highwood Gourmet Evening Market on August 8th or 15th. Contestants will then have up to 1-minute on stage during Garlic Fest to explain why they should be Highwood's next Royal Garlic Representative.

Winners will be determined by judges from The Performer’s School for speech, appearance and audience applause. The winner will receive a royal crown and be responsible for making a number of appearances at all major Highwood events and potential media appearances.

Garlic Princes or Princesses (aged 6 to 17 years)- Sign Up Here
Garlic Kings and Queens (over 18 years)- Sign Up Here

Terrific Tomato Contest

Terrific Tomato Contest

Tomato Tomato Contest 2018

Evening Gourmet Market Vendors

List of Vendors- at the Market Every Wedneday

2018 Garlic Fest Vendors

210 LiveRoasted garlic studded brisket sliders and a roasted garlic olive martini
OMG! Olive OilsFlavored olive oils and imported barrel aged balsamic vinegars
Sonoma FarmGourmet garlic pasta sauce, garlic infused olive oil, garlic salsa, sweet hot garlic cloves, Tex-Mex garlic cloves, garlic stuffed olives

2018 Garlic Fest Special Items

La Casa de IsaacPrime rib eye steak a la Mexicana, sautéed in our roasted garlic marinade & roasted garlicky mojitos & margaritas!
Chicago Mike's Ice Cream Co.French vanilla or banana cream in white chocolate garlic shaped cup
La Cocinita Food TruckVenezuelan arepas stuffed with garlic pulled pork and roasted garlic crema
Crazy DogsGarlic basil dog, mozzarella & garlic chicken sausage
The Fat Shallot Food TruckGarlic truffle BLT & truffle fries made with our truffle aioli that we make with lots of garlic!!!
The Humble PubGarlicky Bloody Mary's garnished with Gale Gand’s delicious beef jerky. Award winning, James Beard Award winner and former Food Network host Gale Gand will be on site with a selection of her books and available to meet fans and sign autographs.
Magic Circle CrepesGarlic shrimp crepes
The Mean WienerGarlic parmesan bourbon wings
Quang NoodleGarlic chicken
Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Co.Small plate special of crostini with black garlic aioli, goat cheese, heirloom tomato, arugula and garlic infused extra virgin olive oil
Swirl Cafe Food TruckCherry balsamic brownie with black garlic
Taquizas El PoblanitoGarlic shrimp taco with Asian pineapples cabbage and garlic lemon aioli
Ten Thousand Villages EvanstonGarlic Infused Extra Virgin olive oil from fairly paid Palestinian farmers. This fine olive oil is made from rare organic Surri olives which are crushed together with organic garlic. This exclusive olive oil brings you the special flavor of garlic that adds unique taste to your dishes.
The Toadstool PubCandied garlic bacon
Toasty Cheese Food TruckThe Goomba Sandwich: roasted chicken in garlic sauce topped with mozzarella and red onion on an asiago bun & fries tossed with garlic parmesan sauce
Tres Flores Funnel CakesSweet-garlic funnel cakes
Up in Smoke CreationsRoasted garlic nuts
Wanderlust Sea SaltRoasted Garlic Infused Nordic Flake Sea Salt - just evaporated sea water and California Garlic. Nothing more. No preservatives, fillers or anti-caking agents. Just amazingly clean fresh flavor to enhance any dish.