September 15, 2023
Cornwall Ontario – Celebrate all things garlic at the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival this Saturday, September 16th in Lamoureux Park.
The annual event returns from 11 am to 5 pm with vendors, live music, food, drink and other activities to enjoy in Cornwall’s waterfront park on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.
Admission is free with donations being accepted at the entrance for Baldwin House.
Over 20 vendors will be scattered along the pathway to the west of the Cornwall Civic Complex for patrons to discover, and there will be food and drink to enjoy as well.
Meanwhile, chefs Phil Cameron and Jesse Bell will collaborate on preparing a beautiful Tapas service laced with garlic and produce from local farmers and food producers. There will be vegetarian and meat lover options to choose from along with delicious salads and dessert.
Cameron is a member of Team Canada and is heading to the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany in February. He also represented Canada as the sous chef at the Canadian pavilion at the 2020 world expos in Dubai. Meanwhile, Cornwall native Bell has created dishes that have been described as, “…using locally grown, sourced and produced ingredients to create contemporary yet rustic Canadian fare with British gastropub influences.”
Cornerstone Organics, Tom’s Pantry, Simply Baked Catering will be on site with delicious food to enjoy on site or take home.
In addition to the food, Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm along with Microbrasserie Cassel Brewery and Broken Stick Brewing Company will have their wines and craft beer chilled and ready to serve. All non-alcoholic drinks including hot and cold teas and coffee will be served by A Cup of Kindness Tea Company.
“The setting is outstanding, the day’s weather is forecasted to be glorious and the scent in the air will be garlic!,” said organizer Brenda Norman of Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects. “It’s going to be an event that you don’t want to miss. There will be amazing music, delicious food, garlic in every form and beautiful items from our vendors.”
Saturday’s gathering will mark the ninth year for the festival and plans are already taking shape for even bigger celebrations in 2024 and beyond.
“We’re looking forward to our 10th anniversary in 2024 and we have some exciting plans in store – stay tuned for details,” Norman added.
Supporters and vendors of the garlic festival will be offering deals through the Explore Cornwall FanSaves program from now through the holiday season to encourage patronage of local food and businesses.
For additional information on the Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival, including updates on vendors and other activities, please check out the festival Facebook page.
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