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Chehalis Garlic Fest to Offer Wide Variety of Flavors

Fresh: Garlic Beer, Brownies, Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt All Expected at Annual Festival

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More than 70 different types of garlic from seven regional growers will be available at the 17th annual Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show this weekend at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds.

Garlic Fest, held Friday through Sunday, will also feature music and vendors selling garlic brownies, garlic ice cream and garlic funnel cakes among other themed foods.

Organizer Judy DeVaul said each Garlic Fest seems to offer more options for attendees.

“The highlight is going to be the huge variety of garlic for people to take home to plant or take home to put in their pantry,” DeVaul said.

DeVaul said she and other organizers actively recruited more garlic growers to attend the festival.

Channing Brothers, based out of Twisp, in Northeast Washington, is one of the seven growers traveling to the festival and is known for their organic style of growing garlic.

Channing Brothers harvests all of its garlic using draft mules on its property in rural Washington.

Other garlic growers are coming from Rochester, Toledo and Oregon.

As for the vendors at the festival, DeVaul said, people will be able to sample garlic frozen yogurt from The Yogurt Farmer, from Chehalis. Wasabi, blackberry and other frozen yogurt flavors will be made as well.

“They have the most interesting flavors,” DeVaul said.

The Locust Street Dixieland Band will kick off the festival for the 17th year in a row at noon on Friday, followed by performances by The Beth Willis Band, Raucous Band and the Backfire Band.

Oncore, a high-energy dance band, will play 6:30 p.m. on Saturday after the Ben Potter Band, the Blackberry Bushes and the Two Town Tuners.

Other acts include The Wild Snohomians and Rosie and the Posers.

Chef demonstrations will also take place each day of the festival.

DeVaul said she is planning to possibly have garlic cooking competitions for the first time next year.

The festival will be put on by 109 volunteers, DeVaul said. All the volunteer hours worked will be counted toward charities of the volunteer’s choice. The entire net proceeds will go to charities.

Over the 17 year history of the festival, DeVaul estimates, $100,000 has been donated.

Garlic Fest started 17 years ago on the Sunshine Hill Farm west of Chehalis. The festival moved to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds six years ago.

Shawn and Andrea Hamilton, Chehalis, and the Ashley Creek Farm, Littlerock, worked together to start the festival.

Garlic Fest has grown from 8,000 people in attendance the first year to 18,000 last year.

General admission is $5, $4 for seniors and military. Children under 7 years old are free.

By Kyle Spurr / kspurr@chronline.com

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