Garlic is our farm’s signature crop and once we realized Wichita’s enthusiasm matched our own for this aromatic bulb, we knew we were going to create a fun-filled community event focused on it.
This annual festival celebrates all things garlic — with garlicky eats, garlic-centered cooking demonstrations, and garlic-focused presentations, samples, tastings, and workshops. Orie’s Garlic Fest is THE place to purchase the widest variety of premium grade garlic bulbs for culinary use or fall planting. This event also highlights all things local: artisans, makers, farmers, musicians, and many facets of Wichita’s flourishing food system.
The turnout for last year’s Fest was incredible! Due to its popularity, we have no choice but to expand Orie’s Garlic Fest into a 2-day event in 2018 and the dates are set: October 20th and 21st from 11am to 4pm. Planning is well underway, and this year we’re making it bigger and even better. With that comes the necessity to move the festival from our farm to a site better suited to hold this larger event. Orie’s Farm Fresh and FarmShop are teaming up with a well known and loved Wichita venue to bring the garlic festival to their beautiful space … right around the corner from us at Eberly Farm!
Eberly Farm holds a special place in many Wichitans hearts and for good reason. Its bucolic setting has been the backdrop for private events of all kinds for well over 50 years, so many of us have fond memories of Eberly Farm from childhood and beyond. For Orie’s Farm Fresh, the connection to Eberly Farm is even deeper. Our 8 acre farm was once part of their original homestead, making our histories wonderfully intertwined.
Eberly Farm is opening its gates to the public for Orie’s Garlic Fest — we couldn’t be more excited for this partnership! Ample parking, plenty of idyllic outdoor space to welcome more vendors and attendees, and good ol’ family fun in the way of hayrack rides, a petting farmyard, barrel train, paint ball, and playgrounds … Eberly Farm provides the picturesque setting for Orie’s Garlic Fest.
Think of Orie’s Garlic Fest as a celebration. Of course, it’s a celebration of garlic, but it’s also a celebration of the abundant harvest that is unique to autumn. It’s truly a distinct snapshot of in-season eats, where summer bounty meets the cooler weather crops that fall provides. It’s a celebration of learning to cook and garden mindfully. It’s a celebration of all the awesome local Wichita flavor we have in this great city. Orie’s Garlic Fest not only highlights local artists and makers, but it showcases local food producers. Our hand-picked, carefully curated assortment of vendors will ensure a vibrant atmosphere. Coupled with live music, good food, educational and networking opportunities, this event is Wichita’s premier food festival.
With wide-ranging food choices from vegan chili to down-home barbecue, cash bar, product samples and garlicky food tastings, children’s activities and family fun, an eclectic assortment of quality local producers, Orie’s Garlic Fest is sure to be a garlic-centric weekend celebrating food, flavor, fun and all things garlic. More information will be added here as we continue to plan, so please check back often and RSVP on facebook for all the latest updates!
Are you interested in becoming a vendor? Please go here to find out more and fill out an application!