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39th Northwest Garlic Festival New Date! September 18~19, 2021

(scroll down for the vendor application and the Garlic Poster Contest)

For over 80 years it has been “Chic to Reek” in Ocean Park on the 3rd weekend in June. We missed a year (2020) but are ready to roll again this September 18 & 19, 2021! Come join us for two fun-filled days of musical entertainment, plus food and artisan craft vendors. This is the ideal place to buy all of the garlic variety items and condiments that you cannot find at your local stores. The 39th NW Garlic Festival is happening September 18 & 19, 2021!!!

Celebrate the passion for this exalted bulb with the faithful throngs who make their annual pilgrimage to the NW Garlic Festival held at the beautiful Port of Peninsula, on Willapa Bay, just east of the seaside community of Ocean Park, Washington, (the north end of the Long Beach Peninsula). This GARLIC Olympics of Gastronomy is not held for the region’s GARLIC growing ability. This Festival was born out of love of great, GARLIC laden cuisine! 2021 will see the festival harken back to the early days by featuring local vendors along with crowd favorites. After enjoying the festival, check out our villages ~ Ocean Park, Klipsan Beach, Nahcotta, Surfside and Oysterville offer great food, lodging, shopping and incredible nature walks…and of course, there is the beach! Great to stroll, relax, beachcomb, and make sandcastles, but dangerous to swim.

garlic fest may west music

Garlic Food

Specialty food and craft vendors will offer up this supernaturally-powered herb, prepared and put to use in every imaginable way including some ways that go beyond. Where else could indulgence be so healthy? Don’t miss the succulent GARLIC food (and we hope, the GARLIC ice cream) along with many other ways to use GARLIC.

garlic fest jewelry

Garlic Decor

GARLIC decor is the hottest fashion trend for home and garden, find it here first! GARLIC birdhouses and wind chimes, GARLIC pottery, and art. Personal items such as hand made soaps of GARLIC and rosemary are particularly popular. Jewelry, hats and, clothing laden with GARLIC abound.

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 as the purveyors of garlic ice cream…they also wrote several cookbooks that are sought after 🙂

We invite you to abandon your mouthwash and head for the coast. This is a great family event. Mark your calendar to attend the ANNUAL NORTHWEST GARLIC FESTIVAL.

garlic oyster crossing

September 18 & 19, 2021
Saturday 10-5pm
Sunday 10-4pm


Port of the Peninsula
3311 275th ST
Nahcotta, WA 98640
3 1/2 hours from Seattle and 2 1/2 hours from Portland.


garlic clove brothers

The 39th NW Garlic Festival Packet is posted below…you may right click on each page to copy and paste to a Word doc or even easier, email us at: opchamber@opwa.com or call 360-665-4448 to pick one up at the Chamber office (Wed – Sat noon to 4 pm – 1715 Bay Ave, Ocean Park)

NEW INFORMATION – Vendor liability/event insurance must name the Ocean Park Area Chamber and Port of Peninsula as additionally insured on their proof of insurance. This should not be an additional cost by your insurance company.

2021 GF information page 1
Please note…non profits handing out information or holding a fundraiser are charged $25 for a 10 x 10 booth
2021 GF information page 2
2021 GF registration page
2021 GF code conduct

Garlic Poster Contest

As in previous years, OPACC holds a NW Garlic Poster contest. Limited editions of 100, showcasing the winning artwork, are announced and on sale the week before the festival at the Unveiling. Posters remain on sale at the festival until they are sold out. The original artwork is auctioned during the event too! Entry information and applications will be up very soon. The contest is open to amateur artists of all ages.

nw garlic poster 2019
2019’s winning artwork created by Sherry Bosch…another sell-out!

To print the Entry form, click the link: https://opwa.com/2021-garlic-poster-contest-entry-form-2/

To print the Guidelines form, click the link: https://opwa.com/021-garlic-poster-guidelines-3/

2021 garlic poster entry

Note: The Chamber is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization.  The Executive Board of OPACC has determined that Chamber sponsored events such as: the July 4th Parade, Art in the Park, the NW Garlic Festival, and other such sponsored events, will not allow political candidates to participate, or political party materials be displayed. Those holding current government positions are welcome.  We reserve the right to remove such participants and/or materials either prior to assembly/set-up, at assembly/set-up or at any time during the event.