Organized as a circle of friends and neighbours, The Haliburton County Garlic Growers
Association seeks to -
A Little History...
In 2006 Sheila and Charlie Robb began hosting garlic workshops with personal and
financial assistance from the Haliburton County Farmers Association. Inspired by
the Robb’s example, six or seven local growers convened informally in May 2008. Recognizing
that the time was ripe to promote garlic locally, the group decided to host a Garlic
fest that same summer. The effort involved in organizing and promoting that event
led to our forming the Haliburton County Garlic Growers Association (HCGGA), an unincorporated,
We hosted our first Garlic fest on August 23, 2008 on the property adjacent to Carnarvon
Bowl. Approximately twelve vendors and exhibitors participated. In addition we held
demonstrations throughout the day. The event was well advertised, and according to the local media
about 500 people attended.
This premier Garlic Fest was successful beyond all expectations. The exhibitors clearly
enjoyed themselves while realizing a fair return. We had the strong impression that
our visitors and customers were similarly pleased. Thus encouraged, we secured a
generous grant from the Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC), which enabled
us to host an even more ambitious event at the same location the following year.
The Garlic Fest is now "on the map" as an eagerly anticipated annual event in Haliburton County.
For more info, contact: Sheila Robb (705) 489-
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