Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival celebrates 20 years

Sept. 5 and 6 — BENNINGTON — There is no better place to be in September than Vermont, and there’s no better weekend than Sept. 5 and 6. That’s when the Bennington Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival at Camelot Village in Bennington, Vt. This year they celebrate the 20th anniversary with more vendors, more activities, more performances, and more garlic than ever.

The Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival has been named one of Vermont’s “Top Ten Events of the Year,” selected as a “Top Event” by Yankee Magazine’s Best of New England, and recently considered as one of the Top 10 Garlic Festivals in the world!

It’s the garlic lover’s dream come true, with almost two hundred vendors featuring everything from garlic ice cream to garlic jelly, pickled garlic, roasted garlic, garlic braids and, of course, plain garlic bulbs of every variety. Every variety will be available for sampling or purchase.

For aspiring gardeners, garlic growers, garlic lovers or those simply looking for a fun way to spend a late summer weekend, the event promises something for everyone. Demonstrations begin Saturday morning and continue throughout the weekend on subjects including planting, growing, braiding, and cooking different garlic varieties.

Not a garlic lover? No problem. Dozens of restaurant tents and food trucks, lots of activities for the kids, and best of all, live entertainment will be available all weekend featuring some of the area’s top bands and performers. Enjoy specialty drinks like the “Garlic Margarita” in the hospitality tent and sample food selections while relaxing on the shaded great lawn of Camelot Village; bring your lawn chairs and friends. Camelot Village, New England’s largest antique center, will feature over two hundred antique dealers on three levels.

Get a two-day pass at the gate and spend the entire weekend. There’s plenty of free on-site parking, and wagon shuttle service to the gate. The cost for a one-day pass is only $6 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. A two-day pass is $10. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please leave pets at home. Camelot Village is located on Route 9 in Bennington, Vt. For more information call 802-447-3311 or visit

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