If you love garlic you won’t want to miss the annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival in Lac La Hache this weekend.
This is the 14th annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival to celebrate the stinking rose.
Gates open at 9 a.m. each day Aug. 24 and 25.
The Master Garlic Chef Cook-Off is now in its seventh year offering all sorts of interesting taste treats from participating chefs involving garlic – including garlic chocolate cake one year.
Chefs competing this year are Steven McCrea with Spicy Garlic Black Bean Cakes; Emma Bautista with Adobong Manok with Baquio Beans; and Craig Conklin with Eggplant stuffed with Garlic and Sweet Potato.
First, second and third prizes will be awarded by judges Gina Myhill-Jones, Heidi Read, Leon Chretien, and John McCarvill.
There will be entertainment all weekend with garlic eating contests, music and even a magic show. Dozens of ventors will also be there with all sorts of crafts, art, jewellery, wearable art, clothing, kitchen implements, food, and of course garlic products.
Saturday, Aug. 24
11 a.m.: The Two Stans
12 p.m.: Watching Eye Magic with Roger Boucher who has been amazing and delighting audiences around Canada for nearly a decade with his unique show featuring mind-bending card effects to stunning visuals.With tons of audience participation and crowd interaction, everyone feels like they are part of the magic.
1 p.m.: Third Degree
1:30 p.m.: Garlic Eating Contest (Kids)
2 p.m.: Garlic Eating Contest (Adults)
2 p.m.: The Hanson Family
3 p.m.: Soupbone
Sunday, Aug. 25
11 a.m.: The Josslyn Ryan Band
12 p.m. Master Garlic Chef Cookoff
1 p.m.: Elvis! – aka Steve Elliott tribute artist.
2 p.m.: Perfect Match Dance Band