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Northwest Garlic Festival

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.

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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.

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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.

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See you in 2022!


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


This will be updated with 2022 information in February.

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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.

Congratulations to Helen Marston, 2021’s winner of the poster design contest for the 39th Annual Garlic Festival.

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We are now selling the Limited Edition Posters at the OPACC office during regular open hours!
The text shown above is not on the actual poster…Art © 2021 OPACC
Tues – Sat – noon to 4 pm – 1715 Bay Ave, Ocean Park
Cash or Check only – Posters are $20 and proceeds benefit OPACC’s Infrastructure Fund
Please call the office ~ 360-665-4448 ~ with any questions or drop by!
And thank you for your support!

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.