Saturday, September 12, 2009

Farm visit: Long Island Garlic Festival, September 26-27

Photo by ryanlachica via Flickr

On September 26-27, the Garden of Eve will be hosting the 6th annual Long Island Garlic Festival. In an interview from 2006, Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht talks a little about how the festival originated and garlic ice cream (if someone is lucky enough to try it, post a comment)! If you are interested in attending, all the details are below.
SERVING UP LOCAL FOOD, ORGANIC FARMING, AND FAMILY FUN
6th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival will educate the public about sustainable farming and alternative energy to Benefit the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY)

FESTIVAL DATE & TIME: Saturday and Sunday Sept 26-27, 10am-6pm GARLIC COOK-OFF DATE & TIME: Saturday Sept 26, 4 pm
JUDGES: Sylvia Carter, Newsday Food Writer; others TBA

PLACE
Garden of Eve Organic Farm, 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, located atthe intersection of Northville Turnpike and Sound Avenue. For directions see www.GardenOfEveFarm.com or phone 631-722-8777.

WHAT
Long Island’s only Garlic Festival, a two-day celebration of the wonders of “Garliciana,” organic foods and local agriculture, with festival vendors featuring a wide variety of garlic inspired foods, crafts, live music by the Terry Winchell Band, Brady Rymer, and guest artists, and just plain garlic. Admission just $2 per person, children under 6 free. Farm tours and hayrides will be offered throughout the day so that visitors can learn about organic farming, and our “organic village” will feature information on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), renewable energy, recycling and composting, Long Island’s environmental organizations, and more! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA-NY), an organization of consumers, gardeners and farmers working to create an environmentally and economically sustainable regional food system.

EXOTIC FOODS & GARLIC AND CRAFT MARKETPLACE
Chow Down! You won't believe the many different ways garlic can be used. Here's a tasty sampling . . . garlic bread, garlic marinated sandwiches, garlic popcorn & garlic French fries, garlic jellies, pickled garlic, and GARLIC ICE CREAM!! Garden of Eve grows more than a ton of freshly harvested, organic garlic. . . stock up, for months of tasty, healthy, garlic-enhanced meals – or plant some in your garden yourself! We'll have garlic of several different varieties on hand. This is your best opportunity to buy some of the world's tastiest and freshest garlic.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
Arts and crafts, Pony rides, games and a childrens area and petting zoo will keep the little ones entertained.

THE GREAT GARLIC COOK-OFF
Bring a hot or cold dish by 2:30 pm on Saturday, to enter. No entry fee or pre-registration required. First, second, and third place will receive prizes! Judging will take place from 3-4 pm on Sat Sept 27. Call for additional details.

Garden of Eve is a certified organic farm operated by Chris and Eve Kaplan-Walbrecht. The Garden of Eve farmstand is open every day from 10am to 6 pm, and in addition to garlic, features heirloom tomatoes and many other vegetables, cut flowers, health foods, snacks and cold beverages.

Find more information about the farm and directions at www.gardenofevefarm.com

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