Revelstokians love their garlic

The second annual Revelstoke Garlic Festival drew a diverse crowd of garlic fans to 226 Track St. on Saturday.

Festival Organizers Stu Smith and Sarah Harper at their booth

Dozens of varieties of garlic and a whole range of garlicky preserves drew crowds to Revelstoke’s Second Annual Garlic Festival on Saturday.

The event was hosted by Stu Smith and Sarah Harper at their Track St. home, where they grow their own garlic, and pretty much everything else you can think of, in an expansive garden that spans the whole back half of their property.

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For the duo, who call themselves Track Street Growers, their garden and their festival are a labour of love.

“We’re putting this on as a desire to have a nice grassroots festival and celebration of food and harvest, and producing something in your backyard. We wanted to share this with the community,” explained Smith, who spent much of the day showing people his garden and letting them sample the bounty.

Smith and Harper’s booth along with guest exhibitors and live music drew an impressive crowd that looked set to beat last year’s attendance record of around 200 people.

The people coming by had the chance not only to pick up some fresh garlic, but also to try garlic preserves, syrup, pesto, and for the very brave Smith’s hot sauce, aptly named ‘Bear Spray.’

If you missed your chance to get your hands on some of Harper and Smith’s garlicky concoctions, don’t worry, they plan to continue expanding their garden and hope to be welcome everyone back to their home again next fall for the third annual festival.