The Garlic Festival is held in Sinait, Ilocos Sur known as the Garlic Center of the North. It is held during the 1st to 3rd of May. This festival aims to showcase the talent, ingenuity and hard work of the Ilocano farmers. Aside from that, it also aims to encourage the farmers to mass high quality garlic using modern technology. The festival is the idea of Governor DV Savellano and Sinait Mayor Edgar Yabes.
The Bawang Festival also known as, Sinait Bawang Festival is conceived by Governor Savellana and Mayor Yabes in year 2000 after witnessing the Garlic Festival in Gilgory, California, USA which is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. It is a unique festival whose primary objective is to give recognition to garlic farmers. Also, it aims to form and educate visitors and local residents on the importance of the garlic industry to the Philippine economy.
The Festival is usually held in the grounds of the Sinait National High School. Held there was the opening program and the trade fair. During the festival there were parade of Garlic floats, street presentations, street dancing and various kinds of competitions. The competitions were the venue to display the remarkable talents of Ilocos Sur farmers. There was the province-wide garlic cooking contests which encourages friendly bonding among the contestants in showing their culinary skills in preparing and cooking delectable cuisines using bawang as their main ingredient. Also held side-by-side with the cooking contest is the Search for the Biggest Garlic Bulb and Garlic Bundling where the participation of tourists were allowed. The categories include Longest Twined Garlic, Creative Bundling, and Bundling Competition.There were also artistic presentations including root trimming, cleaning and bundling.
The Grand closing day of the festival is held on the 3rd of May which was started with a whole mass early in the morning. Also the much awaited Search for the Most Beautiful Cow and Carabao serves as the highlight of the event. It aims to recognize the superior indigenous livestock breed that was raised by backyard farmers, and also encourage improvement of animal breeding. The criteria for judging include general appearance, head and neck, forequarter, body and hindquarter of the animal breed. At the end the festival is capped by fireworks display before midnight.
- Sinait Bawang Festival (accessed on April 25, 2008)
- Bawang (Garlic) Festival (accessed on April 25, 2008)
- List of Philippine Food Festivals (Accessed April 21, 2009)