History of the Garlicfest

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The “Garlic Fest” was founded originally in 1992 by Fr. Bill Sangiovanni, a long-time Notre Dame
administrator and passionate supporter of Catholic education. Fr. 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.


After much planning and with the help of many dedicated volunteers, the doors to the first 
“Garlic Fest” opened at Notre Dame High School 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!


Over the course of the next 12 years, more than 150,000 people have enjoyed the festival raising over $700,000
for the Notre Dame High School Scholarship Fund.


Upon the passing of Fr. Bill this past January, thousands of Lancers gathered to celebrate his life and many contributions to our community.
Alumni, parents, friends, family and colleagues shared stories and recalled the many happy years spent at the Notre Dame Garlic Fest.
It is in Fr. Bill’s honor that the tradition returns to our school.


Event proceeds will benefit the Fr. Bill Sangiovanni Memorial Scholarship and the ND Fund.

Join us this upcoming September to celebrate the old and the new all in support of Father’s beloved students. 
Fr. Bill