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Northwest Garlic Festival

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

Sunrise at Port of Peninsula

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.

Coming soon…festival fun photos and links to our fabulous vendors.

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 ~

At the festival entry, visitors are 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 crowd hails from.

Entry to the festival is free and ample parking is 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 😉
Smoking at designated areas, please…

40th NW Garlic Festival Reveal!

This year, the poster reveal will happen right on the festival grounds!
At 10:15 am, on Saturday, the winning artist will be introduced and the poster UNVEILED!
Sales of the limited edition posters starts at that time bidding opens for the framed original art.

Posters are priced at twenty dollars and may be purchased via cash or check. The silent auction runs until
2 pm on Sunday at which time the winning bid will be announced. A portion of proceeds from these sales
will be donated to FOOPS (Friends of Ocean Park School).

Here’s a peek at this year’s poster…the fall leaves blow away at 10:15 on the 17th!

Pacific County Fire District #1 will be on site both days with information about their annual Toys for Peninsula Kids program. The Port of Peninsula is the venue host and the Ocean Park Area Chamber
produces the event. It is the first time out with the new date and already wonderful new options
have been discovered to 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. see you there and remember…it’s chic to reek (at the 40th NW Garlic Festival 🙂

After enjoying the festival, check out our villages and all OPACC members ~ 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.

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 January 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.