For information on becoming a
2017 Horseradish Festival Sponsor,
contact the Chamber office at 618.344.2884
What is horseradish?
The rich soil of the Great American Bottoms farmland below the bluffs in Collinsville grows what is arguably one of the world’s largest concentrations of horseradish. With soil rich in potash, a cold winter for dormancy and long summers for growing, this area provides the perfect climate for growing horseradish.
The whitish root is a member of the mustard family which includes horseradish’s milder cousins including cauliflower, kale, Brussel sprouts and the common radish. The root is harvested in the spring and fall and sold to processors who grate the root releasing the oil responsible for its distinctive aroma and bite. Ground horseradish is mixed with vinegar to stabilize the heat. Salt or sugar, cream or vegetable oil may be added. But generally speaking, horseradish and vinegar are the primary ingredients in prepared horseradish on the market.
Ride the Free Shuttle
Madison County Transit provides shuttle service to the International Horseradish Festival. The shuttle will operate on Saturday, June4, from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Shuttle buses will run from the Dorris Intermediate School parking lot, located at Camelot and Illinois 159, to the main entrance of the festival grounds at Woodland Park. This shuttle will put you closer to the festival than our handicap parking.
Friday 5 – 10 pm
Saturday 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
5K Run - 8 am Sunday
Come to Collinsville, Illinois to be a part of the fest devoted to all things horseradish celebrated the first weekend in June in Woodland Park.
Where else can you learn how to prepare your own horseradish, submit your zippy recipe for the recipe contest, run in the 5k, visit the Children’s Area or Craft Village, join in any of the classic Horseradish Festival events, or just sample the food and listen to the music?
Admission, musical entertainment and parking are free.