5 Things to Know About Garlic Fest
Easton's annual tribute to the pungent plant returns this weekend.
1. For the first time, it's a two day festival, running in and around Centre Square Saturday (10-6) and by the river on Sunday (12-6). Organizer Jo Moranville said a two-day festival might not have worked before now. "If you try to get too big before it's time, it loses its essence," she said.
2. If it doesn't have garlic, it's not allowed. So if you're a vendor at Garlic Fest, you need to incorporate the bulb into what you're selling. That includes the Purple Cow Creamery, which will serve up garlic ice cream to the adventurous.
3. Can garlic be a dessert? We'll find out Sunday. This year's fest features a "Dangerous Desserts" section, in which 400 lucky visitors will get to taste what happens when local chefs try to find the sweeter side of garlic.
4. It's going to be like watching the Food Network. For one thing, there's an Iron Chef style competition Sunday, pitting Brent Rose of the Silver Creek Country Club against Susan Roth, a culinary professor at Northampton Community College and winner of the Allentown Fair's Iron Chef competition. Also on Sunday, an appearance by Stretch, a Kansas City chef/sculptor who's been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
5. The festival's slogan -- "Eat, Drink, Stink" -- lives up to its name. People have reported smelling garlic from as far away as Sixth Street.