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Garlic Festival at Sharing Farm on Sunday
Richmondites really love their garlic, rain or shine, judging from last year’s strong turnout at the annual Garlic Festival at The Sharing Farm in West Richmond.
And though clouds are in the forecast for this Sunday, there’s no expectation of precipitation according to Environment Canada, and organizers are hoping to hit between 2,500 and 3,000 visitors this weekend.
The 5th annual Garlic Festival promises to be a treat for the entire family on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Terra Nova Rural Park, 2631 Westminster Hwy.
More than 1,000 pounds of organically-grown artisan garlic—Korean purple, Italian red and a porcelain hardneck variety known as Music—will be for sale.
Admission is free, but the western stretch of Westminster Highway will be shut down to traffic, meaning attendees will need to either park at Spul’u’kwuks Elementary and take the short stroll over, or park at the City of Richmond’s works yard on Lynas Lane, where they can take a free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes or so.
“This is a great family event so mark your calendar and plan to spend a few hours,” organizers said on The Sharing Farm’s website at www.sharingfarm.ca
Musical entertainment is courtesy Sybaritic String Band and Bhredren. There will be a cooking demonstration.
Earnest Ice Cream will be serving up garlic or salted caramel ice cream, and there will be kids entertainment too.
The garlic festival is the single largest fundraiser for The Sharing Farm.
Also up for sale are raffle tickets for door prizes donated by generous local merchants.
Donations will also be gladly accepted for the new operations centre for the farm, which is nearly halfway to its goal of raising $170,000 for the project.
Having raised more than $75,000 in cash and in-kind donations, the effort is just $30,000 short of being able to complete the garage to the lock-up stage.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit tinyurl.com/TheSharingFarm
The Garlic Festival is expected to generate about $15,000, which goes toward the annual operations at the farm. The land has been provided by the City of Richmond, which also supplies the water and other assistance.