South Moravian town preparing for annual garlic festival
During the summer season many towns around the Czech Republic compete for tourists by putting on all kinds of festivals. Some towns have arts festivals of various kinds, while others celebrate all kinds of Czech folk traditions. Food and drink are also common themes, with Trebic for instance holding an annual potato festival. But surely one of the most unusual events of its kind has to be the "festival cesneku", or garlic festival, held every year in the town of Buchlovice in south Moravia.
The festival, which takes place on July 31st, also features a seminar called "garlic is the elixir of life" and a chance to try garlic milk. Competitive sorts can take part in Czech national championships in spitting cloves of garlic. The record stands at 8 metres 83 centimetres.
And another highlight of the day is sure to be the singing of the "garlic anthem", with lyrics by festival founder Miroslav Hrdy.