Garlic delights at festival
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | September 1, 2015
From live cooking demos to garlic-themed children's activities, the eighth annual Haliburton County Garlic Fest had something for everyone.
Held on Aug. 22 on the grounds of the Stanhope Community Centre, the event brought garlic experts and growers from across the county together at one venue.
"We thought we had a really good fest," said Sheila Robb, past president of the Haliburton County Garlic Growers Association (HCGGA).
Robb estimated that about 1,000 people attended the event.
In addition to the many vendors who were on site, the fest included live entertainment and cooking demonstrations with wellness chef Geremy Capone.
"The cooking demos were very, very popular," she said. "Both of them were packed solid."
Capone is a chef at the ELLICSR Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship Centre in Toronto.
Peter McClusky, founder of the Toronto Garlic Festival, also attended the event to promote his new book "Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival."
In its first six years, the fest was held in Carnarvon at the intersection of Highways 118 and 35.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.