Each year, the average consumption of garlic weighs in at a whopping two pounds per person. You don’t have to down all two pounds in one go, but—if you’re a garlic lover—you can try. To the doubters, simply say smell my breath with a garlicky food weekend in the Tualatin Valley, August 11-13.
Friday, August 11
Plan for an early dinner with Beaverton’s decarli restaurant. The spaghetti here is more than just dough. The perfectly-made pasta comes prepared with the chef’s choice of garlicky toppings. It’s a delight for the senses.
Continue your Midsummer Night’s Dream with a quote from Shakespeare’s, you guessed, it A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “Most dear actors, eat no onions nor garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath.” Find that sweet breath at Montinore Estate, which is the venue for The Willamette Shakespeare company’s production of The Winter’s Tale (7 p.m.; free admission).
Saturday, August 12
If you’re visiting from anywhere else in the United States, then garlic is one of the few items of fresh Oregon produce that will travel home with you remarkably well. The Beaverton Farmer’s Market, which is the largest all-agricultural farmers market in Oregon, has lots of bulbs to choose from. Three D Ranch is at the market with their varieties of organically grown garlic.
Now, it’s time for the main event: the annual Elephant Garlic Festival (all day event August 11-13; free admission). The sweet little town of North Plains proves that “fun stinks” with its twentieth year of celebrating all things garlic. Garlic food includes garlic burgers, garlic steak tacos and garlic rice plates.
Keep the garlic tasting going with The Beaverton Night Market (August 12, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The wildly popular festival celebrates the many cultures that make Beaverton so diverse. What do ya know? One of the many connections between the culinary cultures featured at the market is that they know what to do with a garlic clove.
Sunday, August 13
Dinner on your patio, dinner al fresco or even a farm-to-table restaurant can simply not compete with a farm dinner experience (especially one that takes place in the Tualatin Valley). Enter, Plate and Pitchfork’s Farm Dinner at Sun Gold Farm in Forest Grove. While we can’t promise that the meal with feature garlic, it will be cooked by some of Portland’s most esteemed chefs from Holdfast Dining and Renata. As Renata cooks up dreamy Italian fare, we feel confident that the scent of garlic will mingle with all the other tantalizing smells of your night on the farm.
While your breath may stink at the end of your stay, your hotel invoice will not. Snag a great hotel deal for your getaway.