26th Annual Hills Garlic FestivalSeptember 9th, 2018 - New Denver, BC

26th Annual Hills Garlic Festival

Welcome ...

Due to health and safety regulations NO DOGS EXCEPT SERVICE DOGS (owners must carry documentation) are allowed at the Festival. Please leave your dogs at home.

Wow what a day! After some much needed rain overnight, September 10, 2017, was a superbly sunny September day in the Kootenays. The 25h annual Hills Garlic Festival welcomed over 4500 visitors who enjoyed great music, great food, great friends...and GREAT SHOPPING.

With the theme Homemade - Homegrown – Organic, more than 160 vendors offered bulk garlic, braided garlic, seed garlic,  garlic powder, garlic syrup, pickled garlic, garlic dips, garlic scapes, and garlic snacks; fresh organic produce; plants and plant products; local crafts of jewelry, glass, wood, furniture, pottery, textiles, metal, and stones; soaps, lotions, and herbal remedies; and lots of great food, including Thai, Mexican, Greek, Asian, BBQ, hamburgers and hot dogs, pizza, baking, chocolates, ice cream, gelato, and other delicious snacks.  

The Hills Garlic Festival has been recognized as one of the ten best Garlic Festivals. Many vendors tell us this is their favorite event of the craft fair/festival season. With our commitment to a Zero Waste Event, we are a leader in the festival industry and are always striving for improvement. The organizers were extremely pleased with the effort made this year by vendors and patrons to ensure waste was kept to a minimum.

We enjoyed live music and family entertainment all day on two stages.  Some incredibly creative and beautiful braids of garlic intertwined with flowers were submitted for judging along with individual bulbs and cloves and a few garlic-themed poems. Ten baskets of sample goods donated by our vendors were raffled with a mix of local and out of town winners. Lists of contest and raffle winners can be found  below.

A new initiative this year offered free entry to any additional adults in the same vehicle after the first three paid (line up your 8 passenger vans for next year!).

We have souvenirs available! Aprons (black cotton with green logo) are $30 each. Cotton tote bags (green with black logo) are $12 each. Mugs (black with green logo) are $15 each. Photo available in the 2017 gallery here. Contact admin@hillsgarlicfest.ca to purchase.

Thanks to all our volunteers, vendors, village staff, campground attendants, Outlet Youth Centre, Lucerne School students and staff, Slocan Lake Early Learning Centre parents, Hills Doukhobor Society, Valhalla Hills Nordic Ski Club, Summit Lake Ski Hill, Jeff Pilsner and Ana Bokstrom, Bin Li, and Bill Johnston.

We would love to see your photos. Contact us at admin@hillsgarlicfest.ca to share.

See you September 9, 2018!

2017 Contest Winners
  • Largest Garlic Bulb - Softnecked Varieties: Cindy Callaway, Goat River Garlic
  • Largest Garlic Bulb - Stiffnecked Varieties: Cindy Callaway, Goat River Garlic
  • Heaviest Garlic Clove: Gwen Graovac, Willow Weaver (50 gm)
  • Prettiest Garlic Braid or Wreath: Rodrigo Campos, Yellow Point Blues Farm
  • Biggest Globe: Cindy Marcil, Goat River Garlic
  • Best Garlic Themed Poem - Adult: Kevin Smith
  • Best Garlic Themed Poem - Youth: (no entries)

View the Garlic Themed Poem entries here

2017 Raffle Winners
  • Angela Price, Rossland
  • Isabel Reitmeier, New Denver
  • Rob Ochsendorf, New Denver
  • Chantal Pineau, Trail
  • Judy Katz, Nelson
  • Abby Bellamy, Maple Ridge
  • Jane Vanyoff, Crescent Valley
  • Anne Anderson, Jaffray
  • Kathy Young, Coquitlam
  • Phil Babakaiff, Hills


Free passes available! First 3 adults in a vehicle pay and the rest are free. Get passes from the parking volunteer where you park your car.