Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 1:48 PM
By: Amelia Robinson
— No vampire worth his or her fangs will be anywhere near Bella Villa Hall this weekend, July 21 to 23.
The Sons of Italy group is celebrating Garlic Fest! 2017 at the hall located at 2625 County Line Road in Kettering, according to Lisa Grigsby, an event organizer.
“Everybody loves a stinking good time,” she has said of the free event packed with garlicky fun.
The celebration kicks off tonight, Friday, with the Beginner Bocce Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. and an epic 5 to 10 p.m. food truck rally showcasing grub from 15 mobile eateries.
The winning bocce team tonight will take home $200.
Proceeds from the bocce tournament benefit the young professionals retention organization UpDayton.
Events continue through Sunday.
Here are five reasons you should go:
Friday night’s food truck rally will feature All American Grill, Bella Sorella, Dayton Urban BBQ, Gyro Palace, Harvest Mobile, Hamburger Wagon, Holy Cannoli, Latin Arepas, PA’s Pork, Painted Pepper, Rajun’ Cajun, Ritters Frozen Custard,
Short Ass Food Bus, Sweet P’s Ice Pops, Wicked ‘Wich and Zombie Dogz.
Garlicky foods will be sold like Zombie Dogz’ “Steak Thru the Heart Dog” (red wine braised beef, Sautéed mushrooms, drizzled with a housemade Garlic blue cheese dressing, and topped with fried onions) and PA’S PORK’s “Roasted Garlic King Crab Mac-n-Cheese.”
There will also be beer, wine, vendors and live music.
>> MORE: Dayton Food Truck Guide
A garlic eating contest will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday. The top prize is $100. Pre-registration is required. Patrick Bertoletti holds the Guinness World Record for the most garlic cloves eaten in a minute. He ate 36 on Jan. 14, 2012, in East Dundee, Ill.
The Price tribute band Prince Night will perform Saturday at 7 p.m.
This weekend’s events coincides with the Sons of Italy’s Bocce Classic XXIII.
Finals are set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The first place prize is $2,500.
Proceeds from the weekend benefit the Bocce Classic Scholarship, the John Pirelli Lodge and the charitable trust of the John Pirelli Lodge.
Cooking with Garlic
There will be free cooking demonstrations Saturday by Jackie Scanlan, a Dorothy Lane Market school volunteer, at noon; Chef LeeAnne House of HouseMade Sauces at 2 p.m.; Roost Italian and Roost American chef/owner Dana Downs at 4 p.m. and Spice Olive owner Melanie Cedargren at 6 p.m.
WANT TO GO?
What: Sons of Italy’s Garlic Fest!
When: Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Bella Villa Hall, 2625 County Line Road, Kettering