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Garlic Fest (Queen Creek Olive Mill)

Queen Creek Olive Mill is one of our favorite places to spend an afternoon! The relaxed atmosphere, fantastic food, and fun tour is something I always love to share with friends and family when they come out to Arizona to visit!

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This weekend I was blessed to attend the 5th Annual Garlic Fest at  Queen Creek Olive Mill with my son! We absolutely adore all things garlic so this was definitely a fantastic treat for us!

We had a most relaxing Sunday afternoon wandering about the beautiful grounds and resting under an array of shade trees. It was fun to see all of the interesting products for sale! Boo was thrilled to see his favorite Olive Mill oil– Bacon! Seriously… this stuff tastes AMAZING and a little goes a long way! Our house is never without Olive Mill Bacon flavored olive oil and Garlic! Garlic is my fave! …so delicious!

The Olive Mill has an absolutely delicious restaurant that we have quite enjoyed in the past, but today we decided to check out some of the awesome food trucks that were at the festival. It was such a hard choice because EVERYTHING looked and smelled fantastic! Boo grabbed my hand and said, “Mama! I smell bbq!!”

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Our decision was made and we had the chance to meet the lovely Kristina Boyd. (owner of Boyd’s Boxcar BBQ) This was by far, the best BBQ I have had since moving to Arizona 20 years ago! We enjoyed a smoked garlic bulb drizzled with Olive Mill Meyer Lemon as an appetizer… heaven… simply heaven!!! As a main course I had the Smoked Pulled Beef while Boo enjoyed the Smoked Pulled Pork. I grew up on the Central Coast of California where BBQ is king and Santa Maria BBQ is where it’s at… Miss Boyd has a recipe and technique that I would say is even better than anything I’ve eaten on the Central Coast! Boyd’s Boxcar BBQ— you now have two new fans and we can’t wait to try out everything else on your menu! 🙂 Be sure to check out her Facebook page- @Boydsboxcarbbq !!

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After our luxurious lunch we enjoyed walking around the festival again and Boo had a delicious Birthday Cake Icecream from Udder Delights!

We absolutely adore all things garlic so we had a blast looking through all of the wonderful products the Olive Mill had to offer!  Boo was so excited to pick out delicious and fragrant garlic for us to take home and enjoy! We found some of our favorite oils as well as new ones to try as well! We even picked up a lovely new cookbook full of ideas to use them in!

As a mama, I am always looking for fun, family friendly activities to do with my special needs son on the weekends. I can not thank the Olive Mill enough for all of the wonderful family activities they sponsor through the year!

For all of my local readers, planning a visit here is an absolute must! http://www.queencreekolivemill.com

Have a blessed and wonderful week everyone!


Shell Maria