Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival Celebrates 7th Year

Braids of CT Grown garlic will last months supply your kitchen all winter. They also make great gifts. Photo courtesy of CT Garlic & Harvest Festival.

Garlic lovers flock each year to the  Annual Connecticut Garlic & Harvest Festival to provision themselves with new crop garlic for the winter, attend garlic growing lectures, cooking demos, and shop for specialty garlic products ranging from garlic sea salt to garlic oils. This enormous festival (over 100 vendors this year) will be held for the seventh year on October 8 and 9 from 10-5 at the Bethlehem Fairgrounds. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $1 for children under 12.

This is the place to shop for premium garlic, including the braided garlic wreaths perfect for hanging on your wall  to provision your kitchen all winter. Not all garlic is equal. The garlic you buy in the grocery store was probably refrigerated, which can drastically shorten its shelf life. Freshly harvested and dried garlic will last at least 5-6 months, possibly longer depending up on the variety, so long as you keep it in a cool spot out of direct sunlight. Grocery store garlic is also unsuitable for fall planting as many are sprayed with sprout inhibitors. For a successful crop, it’s important to buy garlic with a history of growing well in our soil and climate that’s free of soil borne diseases that will destroy your crop. Many farmers in Connecticut save some of their best garlic as seed garlic for the next crop, or buy from another farmer rather than order seed out of state. Do as the farmers do and you should have a great crop.

When you’re tired of tasting and shopping, stop by the food court for some lunch (full of garlic of course!),  get entertained by live music and attend a live honey bee swarm demonstration.


Bethlehem Fairgrounds, Entrance at 304 Route 61 (Main St. North), Bethlehem, CT

Email or call 203.266.7810 for more information.

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