VIDEO: Highwood Stinks... Like Garlic
First annual Garlic Fest has garlic ice cream, cocktails and a queen.
Most towns would not want to try to promote their city with this slogan: "Our City Really Stinks." But in Highwood, you can always expect the unexpected.
That slogan was a fitting one for the towns latest festivals, the first annual Garlic Fest. The event was held in conjuction with Highwood's Evening Gourmet Farmers Market and featured just about any garlic concoction you could imagine, from traditional pastas to ice cream and cocktails.
Based on the positive turnout, city officials hope this will be a tradition that continues in the future.
"It's a little different but it's fun," Highwood Chairman of Special Events Eric Falberg said of both the Garlic Fest and the Bloody Mary Fest held earlier this summer. "How can you go wrong with garlic? Later, everyone might be complaining, but right now everything is good."
A variety of local vendors vied for the title of Tastiest Garlic Creation in a people's choice competition for both savory and sweet concoctions. To see who took home first prize in both categories, click on the video link above.
Highwood also crowned its first "Garlic Queen," as nine contestants were given one minute to tell the audience why they deserved that distinction.
The Garlic Queen was crowned based upon audience applause. Check out the video to see who took home the Royal Garlic Queen tiara.