Garlic Fest, Tapas and beer/wine, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m.; street festival including cook-off, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Great Garlic Dinner, Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m.; ice cream social: Oct. 7, 1-4 p.m, Local Relic at The Carter Payne, ppugardens.org.
he average foodie might not consider that garlic — aside from its irreplaceable flavor in literally all the best foods (speaking with a bias for a moment), and its reputation as vampire repellent (happy Halloween) — has enough uses to fill three days and an entire street festival with garlic-themed activities. But every year Pikes Peak Urban Gardens
delivers us Garlic Fest, a chance to celebrate all forms of our favorite allium. While some of the more exclusive Garlic Fest events carry a price tag, the Saturday festival is free to attend and includes vendors selling all manner of garlicky goods, plus experts from garden stores and local farms. If you’ve got some money to spare (and considering this is PPUG’s big fall fundraiser, it’d be nice of you to spare some money), consider beginning the weekend with a buffet-style tasting event on Friday night (tickets: $50). For a more intimate gala-like experience, try the Great Garlic Dinner on Saturday (tickets: $80), with multiple courses and plenty to drink. The serious gardener will enjoy a workshop about garlic planting and growing on Saturday morning (tickets: $45); and the serious chef will enjoy the Garlic Cook-off ($20 to enter). When it’s all said and done, join PPUG, Local Relic and other garlic enthusiasts for a garlic ice cream social on Sunday. That’s right, garlic gelato. We’re curious, too.