Sunday, October 3, 2010

Garlic & Arts Festival

I've never been to the Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange. It seems I always had somewhere else to go. I managed to get there this past weekend and was very surprised at how much was going on. There were lots of crafters, food vendors, and informational booths. And a zydeco band was playing on the main stage.

The many tents were set up on hilly and uneven terrain. Up on the hill to the left of the entrance were several food vendors selling everything from gourmet soups to Thai cuisine. I saw two members of the Artisans of Western Mass. with tables set up in a larger tent labeled "Community Marketplace" and they told me that sales were good.

I was impressed with the crowds, the entertainment, and the variety of vendors. There were several people selling wonderful hand spun yarns in incredible colors. A couple of farms were set up with fresh fruits and vegetables. There was fine art and photography, glass pendants, hand sewn wallets and bags, herbs, massage, copies of old town maps, dyed silk scarves, honey, salsa, and cooking demonstrations.

And of course there was garlic, many varieties of garlic.


  1. OOOO! That sounds like it would have been cool to walk and sniff through! ^_^

  2. If you opened your car windows you could smell the garlic 1/2 mile down the road.