OregonLive Article dated August 11, 2013
By Taylor Smith, The Oregonian The Oregonian
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on August 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM, updated August 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM Email Walk through downtown North Plains this weekend and the smell will tell you exactly what's happening - the town's 16th annual garlic festival.
While there was controversy over the possibility of two separate garlic festivals this summer, Patti Burns, event coordinator, said the turnout for opening day Friday, Aug. 9, of Summer Fest & Garlic Out West was similar to years past.
Saturday morning's garlic parade was well attended, too. The crowd flocked to the food vendors after the parade finished.
Even though is was just minutes past 10:30 a.m., Monte Reiser of Boring, headed straight to Mita's Italian Ice to try the roasted garlic ice cream. After running the festival's 10K earlier that morning, he said he was ready for some sweet refueling. The ice cream did just the trick.
While the festival offers art, live music and a kids play zone, the garlic-inspired foods seem to be everyone's favorite attraction.
Sam and JoEllen Miller of Portland have been coming to the festival for the last four years and said the garlic oysters are their top-pick because of the intense flavor. The oysters, covered in melted Parmesan cheese and a garlic-butter sauce, took first place at the festival's food contest.
For those who came for unadulterated varieties, baskets brimmed with garlic of all kinds - Red Korean to bulbous elephant.
Cindy Vandehey-Parry, the festival's "Garlic Queen," passed out hunks of elephant garlic to the festival's attendees.
Vandehey-Parry has been coming to the garlic festival since it started 17 years ago and has been the Garlic Queen for the last eight years.
"I don't never not eat garlic," she said, bouncing pieces of garlic in her hand.
For those with similar practices, North Plains' Summer Fest & Garlic Out West is the place to be.
The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Jessie Mays Park, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest St. in North Plains. For more information, visit www.garlicoutwest.org.
-- Taylor Smith
Free shuttle service on Saturday August 10th. See Schedule page.