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Northwest Garlic Festival

The 40th NW Garlic Festival 2022 was held
September 17th ~ 10 to 5 pm & 18th from 10 to 4 pm
The Port of Peninsula


Sue Svendsen and her award winning poster for the 40th NW Garlic Festival!

The 40th NW Garlic Festival had a New Flavor…But it was Still Garlic!
This year’s festival had a bit of a different flavor…it was still garlic, but with
a hint of fall, a touch of the holidays and the tang of ocean air. The September 17 & 18, 2022 festival exceeded all expectations! Our vendors were thrilled, visitors to the event excited and our volunteers…well, happily exhausted 🙂 Moving the festival to September, adding a harvest (think fresh garlic) theme and opening the door to shopping for holiday gifts and dining/cooking worked!

Tentative dates for 2023 are September 16 & 17…still the 3rd weekend of the month and of course, still at the beautiful Port of Peninsula. Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce is proud to produce this well loved event. Please consider volunteering as one of the Garlic Festival Crew in 2023…many hands make light work…and it’s fun to boot! Set a reminder to check in with the Chamber (opchamber@opwa.com or 360-665-4448) around May of 2023, or earlier if you want to be in on the organization…that has started already!

Sue Svendsen’s dynamic and fun artwork captured the festival attendees. Her art was chosen for the 40th NW Garlic Festival poster and the limited edition run of 100 had only 15 posters left at the close of the festival. If you are interested in purchasing a post, please give the Ocean Park Area Chamber a call, 360-665-4448. Cost is $20 ~ cash or check. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FOOPS ~ Friends of Ocean Park Elementary.

Vendors from the 2022 Garlic Festival! Most will be back in 2023…here’s how to reach them until then!

Also attending – Appelo Archives Center & Logging Museum
Last minute cancel (crew shortage) – Olivers Gourmet Co.

For contact information on the musicians playing at the 4oth NW Garlic Festival (see schedule from the 2022 event below), contact Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce ~ 360-665-4448

Our music line-up from the 4oth NW Garlic Festival ~ 2022
This was so much fun in 2022 that we are expanding the concept! We are adding more pom-poms and larger containers…now everyone can really “see” where visitors to the festival came from 🙂

At the festival entry, visitors were invited to find their home region on a
large color coded map and then plop appropriately colored balls into containers to show just
where the crowds hail from.

Entry to the festival is always free with ample parking available across Sandridge Road, a short stroll from the field. Handicap parking is available close in. Signs will help direct you…if you have any questions during the festival, please head to the entry tent or look for someone with a Garlic Festival Crew badge.

Bringing Fido? Make sure all pets are leashed and please make use of the baggie station on the field.
Unruly four-legged guests will be asked to take their owners home 😉
No smoking on festival field, please…

Pacific County Fire District #1 is on site both days with information about their annual Toys for Peninsula Kids program and to provide aid if needed. The Port of Peninsula is the venue host and the Ocean Park Area Chamber produces the event. It was the first time out with the new date and wonderful new options
have been discovered which we will build on for next year. September is the doorway to fall’s harvest and
the beginning of holiday gift shopping…a crisp energy is in the air…it is a perfect time to savor
all things garlic. Remember…it’s chic to reek ~ at the 41st NW Garlic Festival in 2023 🙂

After enjoying the festival, check out our villages and all OPACC members ~ Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, Surfside and Oysterville (as well as all of Pacific County) offer great food, lodging, shopping and incredible nature walks…and of course, there is the beach! Great to stroll, relax, beachcomb, and make sandcastles. We are a step away from the crowds on the north end of the peninsula, but we are filled with wonders to explore!

walking dog on ocean beach

Just a Little History

Although the festival has been produced by the Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce for the last many years, it started as a smaller celebration by Chefs Jimella Lucas and Nanci Main, then owners of the world-famous Ark Restaurant in Nahcotta, Washington. From that early beginning in 1982 the festival has grown to its present size. Sadly, Jimella Lucas has passed away but Chef Nancy Main still lives in Ocean Park and is a very busy community member. Many also know their names from the many delectable cookbooks they wrote that are sought after still 🙂

garlic oyster crossing

Garlic Festival Vendor & Poster Entry Applications Will be Posted in February 2023

Please email opchamber@opwa.com to request being added to the list for 2023!

Note: The Chamber is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization. The Executive Board of OPACC has determined that Chamber sponsored events such as the NW Garlic Festival, all community holiday events and other such sponsored events, will not allow political candidates to campaign, or political party materials be disbursed at OPACC sponsored events. Political candidates and those holding current government positions are welcome as long as the non-campaign rule is followed.