Garlic Fest is back!

FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School is proud to announce the return of the “Garlic Fest” on Friday, May 13 (5 pm-10 pm), Saturday, May 14 (noon – 10 pm), and Sunday, May 15 (noon – 5 pm) The GarlicFest was originally founded by Father Bill Sangiovanni, a long-time Notre Dame administrator and passionate supporter of Catholic education. 

Father Bill was intrigued when he visited the famed Gilroy Garlic Fest in California. He had the foresight to bring an all garlic-themed menu back to Connecticut in April 1992.  That year, nearly 10,000 people attended the event and enjoyed the incredible selection of garlic-flavored foods and dynamic entertainment. The rest is garlic history! After a 15-year pause, the GarlicFest returned in 2019 and will be back again this fall. Upon the passing of Father Bill, thousands of Lancers gathered to celebrate his life and many contributions to the community. Of the many memories recalled, the Garlic Fest was at the top of the list. It is in Father Bill’s honor that the tradition has returned to our school.

.Join us for an array of food trucks, beverages, craft and food vendors, the Garlic Bites children’s entertainment area with games and amusement rides, bingo and live music for adults and children. Garlic Fest will deliver tasty food and fun for every age group. Notre Dame alumni are encouraged to stop by the Alumni Tent for a chance to reminisce and reconnect with fellow Lancers.

Current ND Principal Chris Cipriano commented, “This is a wonderful way to continue living the legacy of Father Bill. No one can replace him at the Fest wearing his famous garlic hat, but the spirit of the festival and the tremendous community event it was is back.”

Event proceeds will benefit the Father Bill Sangiovanni Memorial Scholarship and the students of ND. Join us May 13-15 to celebrate the old and the new all in support of our Notre Dame.

(For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Karen Guastelle at or Chris Cipriano at