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Release Date: July 23, 2014
Event Name: 2014 Stratford Garlic Festival
Event Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 7, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Old Stratford Fairgrounds (enter from the Rotary Complex)
Admission: $7 per day / Free Parking
GARLIC GALORE… AND MORE!
Calling all “Foodies”! The festival “that really stinks” is celebrating its eighth year on September 6th, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm and September 7th, 2014 from 10 am to 4pm at the Old Stratford Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Rotary Complex in Stratford, Ontario. Parking is free at the Rotary Complex, with access off McCarthy Road.
The Stratford Garlic Festival kicks off on Saturday, September 6th with a head-to-head face-off in a gruelling, iron-chef style competition to prepare agourmetthree-course meal in one hour. This year’s competition features returning champ, Yva Santini from Pazzo, against Rob Rose from Grub-to-Go.
Chef Darryl Fletcher (celebrity chef and host of ChefDTV) will be launching his new cookbook Garlic Madness at the Stratford Garlic Festival and will demonstrate one of the many great recipes featured in it.
In addition, Warren Ham (local garlic guru/grower from August’s Harvest) along with Bryan Mailey (20 year garlic growing expert) will teach you tips & tricks to having the best garlic crop. Garlic is one of the most versatile garden crops as you can have green garlic in June, scapes in July, as well as garlic that harvests in August and can be stored into the next year.
Be sure to book Bryan Mailey’s Garlic Braiding Workshop. The cost of this workshop is $40 and you take with you a garlic braid that you’ve created yourself. This workshop is limited to 6 people so book now by emailing email@example.com.
Garlic is one of world’s oldest medicines, not only does it make every dish better but it can also help make you healthier through its therapeutic actions. Roman Osadca (New Jersey’s top pharmacological – Allium maven) will provide information on the nutraceutical properties and provides history, meaning and context for you and …garlic!
Starting off Sunday, September 7th will be the popular Black Box Competition, which finds Mayor Dan Mathieson and Gary West paired up with Stratford Chef School students in a culinary duel to create a garlic-inspired appetizer in one hour.
There will be celebrity chef cooking demonstrations from Emily Richards (home economist, food blogger and author of “Get in the Kitchen and COOK!”) & Carla Azevedo (Author of “Pimentos & Piri Piri: Portuguese Comfort Cooking”) that will have you stocking up on garlic and heading home to cook up a storm.
The Ontario Garlic Market features locally grown garlic in nearly every variety and form. Meet the farmers to learn all about the different varieties of garlic they have to offer. The market also features garlic gadgetry, preserves, sauces and dips, garlic-inspired crafts of all kinds, not to mention a wildly diverse group of food vendors with garlic-related fare sure to tantalize your taste buds – from garlic-bison sausage to garlic fudge. It’s a foodie’s paradise!
All day long, both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a stroll or listen to the outstanding musical line-up, showcasing popular performers such as Shawna Caspi’s folk soundandGary McGill’s20th Century Songbook to The WindMiller Band’s 15 piece big band swing style music. This and a host of other fantastic local talent (the complete line-up is available online), is waiting for you.
This event is not just a celebration of garlic, it’s also a community fundraising project for the Kiwanis Club of Stratford and proceeds will be used to help them achieve their mission to “change the world, one child and one community at a time”. The Kiwanis Club supports a variety of local projects including Kiwanis-CJCS Christmas Baskets, Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts, band concerts during July and August at the Upper Queen’s Park Band Shell, and the Aktion Club of Stratford, a service club for local adults living with disabilities.
Stratford Kiwanians also raise funds to support significant international initiatives in partnership with UNICEF such as the highly successful campaign The Eliminate Project which focused on ending maternal neo-natal tetanus transmission in third-world countries which kills one baby every nine minutes.
This year the silent auction that traditionally is held in person at the festival will also be available for bidding online at www.stratfordgarlicfestival.com/auction/ so that those who cannot attend the festival have the opportunity to still support the Kiwanis Club of Stratford. With so many great items to bid on there is something for everyone.
Warren Ham, chair of the Stratford Garlic Festival committee, said, “The Stratford Garlic Festival is the premier event in Ontario for garlic-lovers from near and far to indulge their garlic habit, and develop new ones. The Festival celebrates the world class garlic produced in Ontario while supporting local farmers, food processors, restaurants, artisan chefs and crafters. Most importantly the proceeds of festival have a great impact on our community through local and global Kiwanis projects.” He added, “We’re incredibly fortunate to live in a part of the world where we have such abundance, and supporting local growers, and charities we bolster the health of our community, and our planet.”
For a detailed schedule of events, presenter’s bios, directions to the festival, or for more information, visit www.stratfordgarlicfestival.com
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