Momma Told Me: Bucket List Tuesday: #27: Garlic (And Other) Festivals

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bucket List Tuesday: #27: Garlic (And Other) Festivals


So, life wouldn't be much without the 'living,' right? If there's one thing my Momma, and Grand-Momma taught me it's that life is meant to be lived. Live hard, live fast, live without regrets. Nobody wants to find themselves in their golden years wishing they'd jumped out of a plane before they'd replaced their hip, or eaten that extra slice of pizza before the bypass. Of course, not everything we want to do is good for us, and those are the compromises we make as we move through life responsible for family and friends. It's never really 'just you' in your life, right? So today's bucket list is all about activities, festivals really, that can be enjoyed with others. Some of my best memories, so far, are from exploring life and all this crazy world has to offer with the ones I love!
Gilroy Garlic Festival
1.) Gilroy Garlic Festival: (July) Gilroy, CA-

Whenever my father's parents come in from Massachusettes they like to take a week-or-so trip up the California coast sightseeing. The Redwoods and National parks are among their favorite must see attractions, in addition to plenty of photo-opportunities along the Pacific Coast. Unfortunately, I'm at the prime of my 'working' years and never can work the time out to take such a big chunk off and explore the state I live in with them. Along with the Winchester House, Gilroy, CA is one of their favorite stops along the way.

Known as the Garlic Capital, this sleepy little town is mainly a quiet tourist and trucker stop on the way to bigger and better things. However, much like my hometown is transformed with the California Strawberry Festival once a year, Gilroy comes to life every July to host the Garlic Festival. (There's also a gorgeous botanical gardens in Gilroy if you're ever just passing through.) This past festival was actually on BlogHer weekend (the 64th annual event,) and I found myself so close to checking this must off my Bucket List as I drove past on Friday night! It's your standard festival, really, sprawling and massive with a royal 'Garlic Court' of local beauties residing over garlic eating contests and an assortment of food vendors making heaping piles of garlic fries and even garlic ice cream!
San Fermin Neuva Orleans
San Fermin in Nueva Orleans: (July) New Orleans, LA-

Also in July, and in it's 8th annual year, San Fermin in Nueva Orleans is more of a (race?) style event that pays homage to the Pampalona, Spain Encierro (Running of The Bulls) event. It is probably one of the most unique annual events you will find in the U.S., and I dare think how it got started. Sure, the patrons dress up in traditional 'runners' white and flee the streets running for their lives, but this reenactment has one particularly peculiar caveat; the 'bulls' are local 'Big Easy Rollergirls' dressed up with plastic horns and bats, in red, on roller blades!

It sounds, and looks quite chaotic, as I'm sure it is, but the event is not considered dangerous in any way. In fact, the event's website wants you to know "no one has ever been hospitalized," which puts this crazy lifetime event on my radar for a must try experience!
Idiotarod Human Sled Race Now in 19 US Cities!
Idiotarod: (Currently 19 Major US Cities) Year Round-

The Idiotarod, named as a spoof on the famous Alaskan dog race, is a 'race' often held in colder weather months, with no real official branding hub. That is to say various major home cities have adopted the event through the past 10 years and on the ground teams have promoted and organized festivities. Before you go judging the ridiculously fun photos, this cross between a shopping cart team relay and costume contest/pageant is actually almost always charitable in nature. Most major towns require the participants to bring donations (in specific quantities and items) in exchange for free entry and participation.

The point of the event? Aside from raising charitable awareness, which you an imagine is done in droves of free event 'press' as costumed participants march down main streets, it's generally a good time. Take the 'sleds' and turn them into decorated shopping carts, and the 'dogs' turned into costumed people and you have yourself on crazy, but surprisingly well mannered race. As you can imagine a great deal of creativity and planning goes into themed costumes and carts, and I suspect I'd most like to attend as a photography and spectator. After all, where else can you spot the robot and mother from 'The Jetsons' cartoon running to catch up with a team full of human pigs?


What 'annual' style events are on your Bucket List?


24 comments:

  1. WOW Garlic Ice Cream.. I don't know if I would be confident enough to try that! Sounds like a fun festival though!

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  2. I went to the garlic festival once when it was unbearably hot! All the garlic goodness was delicious though ;)

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  3. I went to the Garlic Festival one year. It was awesome. I love the garlic fries.

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  4. I always wanted to make it to the Garlic Festival before I left the West Coast, but I had the change to make it to MANY festivals in the before time (before kids lol). Love events like this!

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  5. I'd LOVE to go to the garlic festival! Those garlic fries look great!

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  6. I love a good festival. It's such a great way to spend the day. That garlic festival looks especially fun!

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  7. Festivals are a great way to spend time with the family. The garlic festival would be perfect for us. We love our garlic!

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  8. These all look like fun. I love love LOVE garlic, so that would be my first pick. I'll have to remember Gilroy if we ever make it out to the west coast again!

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  9. Can I just say that those garlic fries look amazing?!?

    I don't have many annual events we attend. There is one this weekend that I hope to go to but it is supposed to rain.

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  10. I haven't been to any but it sure would be a lot of fun!

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  11. Why not the Medieval festival in Arizona?? I hear that one is lots of fun!

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  12. Oh that garlic festival looks like so much fun! I had no clue that was even an event! So cool!

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  13. I love festivals. Its always fun to find new ones when we travel to different places! I have never been to a garlic festival but have seen them advertised here in Washington before.

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  14. These look like fun festivals. I would love to go to the Garlic festival.

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  15. Those fries - holy yum! That festival is calling my name.

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  16. I have heard of that garlic ice cream at the festivals!! I'm afraid to try it LOL...

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  17. Oh my goodness, such great ideas and places to go... I have never heard of any of them, so I am in awe of them all... ha!

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  18. HEHE Garlic festival. Bet no vampires will show up there. Yes I watch all the vampire shows.

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  19. How have I never heard of the garlic festival? This sounds like epic! Glad it was so much fun!

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  20. A garlic festival???!!! I am half italian so this would be right up my alley, I love me some garlic!

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  21. I go to a annual Drumming festival called Drum Nation. It is a great day outdoors with the wonderful sounds of drumming and other instruments.I would love to try going to a food festival that would be a yummy day.

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  22. Oh my goodness, this looks super fun! I am a garlic lover too but sadly my breath hates it!

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  23. Garlic! Bascially one of my favorite foods. And an entire festival about it…I wish it was coming around here!

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  24. Garlic is one my fave foods. This is super cool.

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