Garlic Fest

August 14, 2019

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.

Wednesday, August 14
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
No Outside Food or Beverages
Parking Information

People’s Choice Awards and Judge’s Choice Awards

Along with the traditional People’s Choice competition in the categories of Sweet & Savory, there will be a Judge’s Choice competition. 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. 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.

2018 Annual Garlic Fest Winners

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!

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.

Contestants will have up to 1-3 minutes on stage during Garlic Fest to explain why they should be Highwood's next Royal Garlic Representative. Winners will be determined by judges 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

2018 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)

Terrific Tomato Contest

Terrific Tomato Contest

Tomato Tomato Contest 2018

Evening Gourmet Market Vendors

List of Vendors- at the Market Every Wedneday

2019 Garlic Fest Vendors


2019 Garlic Fest Special Items