Why You Need to Attend the Annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival

One celebration you don’t want to miss this year is the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival. When a French soldier brought sweet onion seeds to Walla Walla in the late 1800s, he discovered that this valley’s abundance of water and rich vegetation was the perfect environment for cultivating this crop. Ever since then, sweet onions have been produced here as a specialty vegetable crop, loved by both locals and visitors alike. The annual Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival honors this significant crop through music, games, foods, and much more!  Discover everything there is to do during this exciting weekend and start making your plans to attend today!

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Things to Do at the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival

  • Play Fun Games

Visitors of all ages will love the games of the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival! Participate in the Sweet Onion Sack Race, see how many onions you can eat in the Onion Eating Competition, or try your luck at Sweet Onion Bowling (during which you roll a sweet onion instead of a bowling ball to knock down the pins)!  There will be face painting for the children as well.

  • Enjoy Entertainment

There will be local bands playing at this festival to provide great music to enhance your experience. You can also watch some incredible dance team demos during the Sweet Onion Festival.

  • Observe Chef Demonstrations

Some of the most talented chefs of the Wine Country Culinary Institute and the Walla Walla Community College demonstrate their skills at the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival. They will be preparing a myriad of Walla Walla sweet onion recipes as well as many other tasty creations.

  • Browse Vendor Stands

Stroll through the countless vendor booths to bring home a souvenir of this event or indulge in an appetizing treat! They will be selling all kinds of items such as mouthwatering snacks, handcrafted gifts, frozen yogurt, and much more.  

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