Detroit's first Garlic and Music Festival gathers in Campus Martius

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Detroit — There is still time to catch the Garlic and Music Festival kicked off on Friday with more than 15 food vendors, 25 retailers, two stages with a full music line-up and chefs from around the country. 

Oh, and garlic.

Crowds convene on the Garlic and Musical Festival in downtown Detroit on Aug. 26, 2017

"I've been here all day. It's been a bit slow but it has potential to get more traction," said John Spivey, 32, of Warren. "There's a lot more garlic than people think, but obviously, there are things other than garlic." 

Everything from garlic ribs and fries to deep-fried garlic pickles and elephant ears was up for grabs. 

"People can expect phenomenal food, 15 or more food vendors with signature garlic dishes and people from all over the country coming to show off their famous garlic dish," said event organizer Matt Flynn, a Detroit native, on Thursday. 


Themed fries, garlic fried shrimp, crab pretzels roasted with garlic, garlic paella, garlic ribs, garlic chicken curry over rice, garlic chicken and tacos were served. 

Ever had garlic dessert? Garlic elephant ears, cake drops, funnel cakes and even ice cream shocked attendees. There was a growing line for rolled ice cream available. 

Domestic and craft beers are being served along with nationally known spirits. There are also multiple Moscow Mule and hard cider and wine tents. 

The American English Band, a Beatles tribute band, performed on Friday night. There are two separate stages; a large one in Campus Martius and another at the end of Monroe Avenue.  A full band line-up for Saturday and Sunday can be found here

Flynn said the idea for the homage to garlic came from festivals in California and Florida. They expect 15,000 to 20,000 people over three days. 

There is still time to catch the festival until 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Campus Martius Park.

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