Contributed photo ReThink Red Deer volunteer Ryan Stelmack recovers some of the siding from the barn at Piper Creek Community Garden that the city had to dismantle for safety reasons.

Garlic festival a Red Deer first

Garlic City Market set to take place on Sept. 30 at Piper Creek Community Gardens

Piper Creek Community Gardens will be the most vampire-free spot in Red Deer on Sept. 30.

ReThink Red Deer has picked the venue at 1709 40 Ave. for the city’s first garlic festival, billed Garlic City Market. It is a pop-up version of ReThink Red Deer’s Garden City Market, which will happen at the same time on site.

Besides touting the pungent charms of fresh garlic, the event is a fundraiser to rebuild the Piper Creek Barn.

The city recently tore down the aging barn because of safety issues. ReThink wants to replace it with an open-air timber frame structure showcasing rainwater and solar energy harvesting technologies. A greenhouse could also be in future plans.

“We got an unofficial estimate that it would cost around a quarter million to bring (the barn) back to the original condition,” said project lead Rene Michalak.

“We figured it’s probably better to rebuild it as an open-air timber-frame structure and work with the timber framers guild as a community project.”

Michalak said they have submitted grant applications for up to $60,000 to $70,000 for the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project, which will also rely on local fundraising.

A garlic festival is a natural offshoot of ReThink Red Deer’s project over the last four years to source and grow more than 40 varieties of #BeyondOrganic B.C. garlic.

“We’re planning to make the best varieties for our climate available as seed garlic to local growers in support of our Community Seed Bank through the new Guardians of the Garlic Seed initiative,” he said.

Local garlic growers and many familiar market vendors will be at the garlic festival to sell their fall bounties.

A number of other hands-on activities are also planned for the festival.

Beginning at 10 a.m., a timber-framing bee will set to work to build his and hers outhouses. A $10 contribution is requested to participate in the creation of each “spiffy biffy.”

Blacksmith Rocky Turel will be showing off the tricks of his trade, fashioning handles and hinges for the biffies. Visitors may also get a chance to toss a round or two of horseshoes.

Another event sure to draw a crowd is the scythe versus brush cutter challenge. The olds-versus-new showdown will pit a sharp scythe and some human elbow grease against a Stihl brush cutter.

Critter lovers will also get a chance to meet and greet goats and their shepherds from Baah’d Plant Management and Reclamation. The goats’ huge appetites have been put to good use at the community garden thinning out noxious and invasive weeds.

The garlic festival is free but visitors are encouraged to make donations, which will go to the barn-building project.

pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

Just Posted

Red Deer College waiting for feds to finalize marijuana legalization

Like businesses, Alberta and municipal governments, Red Deer College is waiting for… Continue reading

Class size only part of the problem say Central Alberta teachers

Though the Alberta auditor general’s report points out that classroom sizes continue… Continue reading

Lacombe County promoting crime prevention measures

County pushing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles

Red Deer doctor concerned about patient transfers to rural hospitals

Family physician says the move creates less incentive for expansion at Red Deer hospital

Fire permit season begins in March

Earlier springs in last few years prompted Alberta government to move up fire permit season

WATCH: Red Deer’s River Bend upgrades officially open

River Bend Golf and Recreation Area is the latest venue to be… Continue reading

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

NEW YORK — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after… Continue reading

‘Stars seemed to have aligned’ for new Halifax CFL bid, commissioner says

HALIFAX — CFL fans in Halifax have been told the league is… Continue reading

The language of ‘Black Panther’? It’s real. Give it a try.

OTTAWA — The military’s top general has promised to get to the… Continue reading

New execution date set for Georgia’s ‘stocking strangler’

ATLANTA — A man known as the “stocking strangler,” who was convicted… Continue reading

Man says he kicked Chevy Chase in self-defence in dispute

SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. — A New York man says he kicked Chevy… Continue reading

Supporters of Tina Fontaine’s family march in Winnipeg to support her family

WINNIPEG — Hundreds marched through the streets of Winnipeg on Friday in… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month