Dayton's Garlic Fest Offers 'A Stinking Good Time' and Garlic Beer

More than 17 food vendors will be slinging all sorts of meats, treats and sweets infused with the fragrant bulb.

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Bring a breath mint.

Allium addicts rejoice: A festival devoted to all things garlic is returning to Dayton, Ohio on July 23.

The aptly named Garlic Fest promises "a stinking good time" with 17 different food vendors slinging all sorts of meats, treats and sweets infused with the fragrant bulb. Chicago Gyros & Dogs, Hamburger Wagon, Kona Ice, Totally Awesome Kettle Corn and more will be on hand, each offering at least one garlicky dish. New this year? Garlic ice cream and garlic beer.

If that's not enough garlic for you, there will be a garlic-eating contest. Eat as many cloves as you can in two minutes to compete for a $100 cash prize (tickets to enter are $5).

Longstanding Italian eatery Mamma DiSalvo's is also hosting a meatball-eating contest ($10 entry). Eat the most in two minutes and win a gift card to the restaurant... to eat more meatballs!

Garlic Fest also promises a garlic cooking demos, a dunk tank, gambling, more than 30 craft vendors and inductions into the 2022 Garlic Hall of Fame. The inaugural 2021 class welcomed Elena DiSalvo of Mamma DiSalvo's, Victor J. Cassano Sr. of Cassanos Pizza King and John Fantauzzo, the kitchen manager of the local Sons of Italy.

Garlic Fest takes place 1-10 p.m. July 23 at Carroll High School, 4524 Linden Ave., Dayton. More info:

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