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Ontario Garlic Festivals 2013
TORONTO, Ont. – Garlic lovers, foodies, gardeners, and chefs will have a chance to taste the superior quality of locally grown garlic at nine garlic festivals across Ontario this summer.
These fun-filled family events will feature great entertainment, culinary delights featuring garlic, specialty garlic vendors, demonstrations, and much more.
"Festival-goers will be able to taste for themselves and see why Ontario grown garlic is the best in the world." said Mark Wales, President of the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario. "We're excited that more people are discovering Ontario garlic."
Unlike imported garlic, some Ontario garlic varieties are found to have a higher Brix content than grapes, indicating a higher sugar and mineral content. The higher the brix content, the better the food tastes, which is why when Ontario garlic is being cooked, it caramelizes quickly and releases a unique flavour profile sought by prominent chefs from around the world.
"Ontario garlic, like most fresh, local ingredients, not only tastes superior to imported garlic, but supports local economies." said Jamie Kennedy, chef and owner of Gilead Café and Jamie Kennedy Kitchens. "Find it at your local farmers markets, and demand it from your local grocers!"
According to a study done by the University of Guelph, garlic produced in Ontario soil is shown to have some of the highest nutraceutical properties in the world. Nutraceutical is a new term describing certain foods that provide medical benefits in additional to its basic nutritional value.
Mild-flavoured garlic scapes are found in some produce stores and farmers' markets starting in June, while fresh Ontario garlic bulbs are available by mid-summer.
Ontario Garlic Festivals 2013:
Carp Garlic Festival
Saturday, August 10 &
Sunday, August 11
The Carp Fairgrounds
3790 Carp Rd.,
Perth Garlic Festival
Saturday, August 10 &
Sunday, August 11
Perth Fairgrounds 50 Arthur St
Newmarket Garlic is Great Festival
Saturday, August 17
Newmarket Farmers' Market
Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket ON (Main & Timothy Street)
Haliburton Garlic Festival
Saturday, August 24
Grounds of Country Bakery
9192 Hwy 118,
Sudbury Garlic Festival
Sunday, August 25
Hnatyshyn Park, 30 Notre Dame Avenue,
Verona Lions Garlic Festival
Saturday, August 31
4504 Verona Sand Rd., Verona, ON
Stratford Garlic Festival
Saturday, September 7 &
Sunday, September 8
The Old Stratford Fairgrounds
20 Glastonbury Drive, Sudbury, ON
Niagara Garlic and Herb Festival
Saturday, September 14
758 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Toronto Garlic Festival
Sunday, September 22
Evergreen Brick Works – In the Don Valley, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
For more information, please contact:
Peter McClusky, Director, Media – Garlic Growers Association of Ontario
Cell: 416 888 7829
Email: [email protected]
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