Are you a garlic lover? Have you tried ice cream with caramelized garlic and fudgy ribbons laced in vanilla ice cream? It is delicious, believe it or not. The Northwest Garlic Festival has been a favorite of guests at Boreas Inn for all the years we’ve been here. In the “old days”, our guests would attend the famous Garlic Festival Dinner at The Ark and we had to attend with our guests. If not, on Sunday morning, the Inn would exude garlic from the guests who had ingested something like 13 cloves of garlic per person from The Ark Garlic Festival dinner from the night before. When you’ve participated, you smell too and it’s just not so bad.
The Northwest Garlic Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beach Baron’s field on Sandridge Road in Ocean Park, Washington. Travel time is only 15 minutes from Long Beach. The admission is free and you will find garlic in every form you can think of. There will even be garlic people! You can also shop for pottery, clothing, jewelry, soaps and lotions (not garlic scented!) and there are always great spice and olive oil vendors at the Festival plus music and entertainment featuring the North Coast Blues Band. The admission is free! Although we do miss The Ark’s Garlic Festival dinners because they were among the most outrageous and wonderful parties we have been to, the good news is that you can go to Jimella and Nanci’s Market Cafe a few miles up the road from us in Klipsan Beach and partake of the incredible offerings from the former chefs from The Ark any time you are here. Your favorite Ark dishes are still on the menu and we will make your reservations for you!
The Port of Ilwaco’s Saturday Market is in full gear with more vendors than ever in a perfect setting on the Port of Ilwaco. This is such a great venue for shopping! You can shop at the Shoalwater Cove and Don Nisbett’s gallery as well as cruise the long line of booths with fine art photography, metal art, children’s toys, lotions and potions, jewelry, embroidered clothing and lots more including FOOD! So there’s much to do this and every weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula. Get a room at the Inn, laze in the hammocks, borrow our bikes and cruise the Discovery Trail, dine at our fabulous restaurants and let us cook up a storm for you each morning–even though the skies will be sunny!