The Cuba Garlic Festival, like all the best community celebrations, is about food, fun, friends and family. It’s a celebration of anything and everything garlic and offers something for every member of the family to enjoy.
In additional to almost non-stop musical entertainment on two stages, there is a mouth-watering variety of garlic-themed cuisine, locally-made arts and crafts, contests, demonstrations, barn tours, a petting zoo, a children’s activity tent and much more.
The 11th annual Cuba Garlic Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fun-filled weekend kicks off with opening ceremonies and the crowning of the Garlic King & Queen.
Bob Dunkel of the Garlic Seed Foundation will be on hand to answer all of your garlic questions, and he will be providing garlic lectures in the Depot building. The Garlic Marketplace garlic growers will have fresh culinary garlic and seed stock. Wonderful aromas will draw you to the Garlic Heaven Food Alley. Continuing this year, food vendors will be featuring smaller portioned “Garlic Bites” menu items, which will make it easier to sample all of the delicious garlic enhanced foods! The Garlic Expressions area will offer many garlic-themed items along with unique arts and crafts.
There will be plenty of fun for the child in everyone in the Children’s area. Check out the crafts in the Children’s Tent, visit the Petting Zoo, enjoy a pony ride, and much more! Bonnie Blair, owner of Empire City Farms, will also be giving ground floor tours of the amazing “Block Barn” building …be sure to sign up early!
Fun and amazing demonstrations will include garlic grower Michelle Scutt —The Garlic Lady— who will be providing garlic braiding instruction, and talented area chefs who will share their culinary secrets in ongoing food demonstrations.
The Garlic Cook-Off Contest will also be a highlight this year, so get your prize-worthy entries ready! Watch for other fun presentations to be announced.
The annual festival is also a time for the Cuba community to show itself off to visitors, so several of the downtown stores will also be open over the weekend. The festival site is easy to find. The historic Empire City Farms (the Block Barn) is located on Route 305 just outside of the village limits. From I-86, take exit 28 and follow the signs. Parking is free and once you park, simply follow your nose to the place where fun stinks!