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Garlic Fest paused for 2024 after strong 2023 showing: BID seeking operator for annual event

Geneva’s popular Garlic Festival is on hold for 2024 as the Geneva Business Improvement District (BID) seeks a new operator.

The festival, which moved from Fox Run Vineyards to Lakefront Park, has grown significantly, attracting 22,000 visitors in 2023. However, the small BID staff, comprising just 2.5 people, has found it increasingly challenging to manage the event’s logistics and financial demands, according to The Finger Lakes Times.


BID’s recent request for proposals to find a new agency to run the festival did not yield a suitable match. As a result, their board voted to pause the festival in 2024, citing overwhelming organizational requirements and financial constraints.

The festival costs approximately $50,000 to operate annually.