2017 Pocono Garlic Harvest Festival Growers Press Release
Shawnee on the Delaware, PA – The 23rd Annual Pocono Garlic Festival is the best little garlic festival, hands down, featuring garl-tastic foods, continuous live local entertainment, artist demonstrations & strolling musicians.
There is family fun for everyone with an expanded educational tent, garlic-growing seminars, a children’s activity area, hands on wildlife exhibition and a petting zoo. The festival is featuring an assortment of regional artisans, crafters selling garlic wares and specialty garlic food items. And yes, fresh garlic galore!
An annual event held always on Labor Day Weekend the festival will take place on September 2 & 3, 2017. Located at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area this homegrown favorite offers a sampling of the region's garlic farmers and has been known to be referred to by attendees as the best lil’ garlic festival in the world.
Farm fresh garlic goodness is featured at every stand within the festival which is truly all about the locally grown hard neck garlic. A varietal of family farms providing garlic and produce for the festival including Knob View Farm, the Josie Porter Farm, Rolling Hills Farm, Apple Ridge Farms, Ebb and Flow Farm & Mountaindale Farms
Over sixty five vendors will provide a wide range dishes from simple to sophisticated, geared for the “foodie” with discerning taste buds. The 2017 Pocono Garlic Festival is a platform to showcase the area’s most pungent garlic and finest eateries, with no two alike. This year's tasting will include everything from the very predictable garlic inspired shrimp scampi, to richly garlic near east dishes represented by falafels, gyros and stuffed grape leaves. Home made kielbasa pierogi and garlic-on site made pizza are coming back for the tasting. “Garlic is so versatile that the every day dishes sparkles,” expressed, PGF Chef Dan Rothman. Other staples will be returning are corn on the cob with garlic butter, smoke BBQ sandwiches, chicken wings and crab cakes to name just a scrumptious few. Each vendor uses just about fifty pounds of garlic to prepare for the festival, that’s more than 3000 pounds. For the true garlic adventure there was even garlic ice cream, garlic chocolate chip cookies and even garlic laced ice slush.
In additions to the food; patrons can stroll the grounds a taking in the beautiful items created by local artists and crafters that exhibit on a variety of hand crafted garlic themed items for the two-day event. Everything from home crafted wooded items to pottery to jewelry and even handcrafted soaps. Peter’s Valley Artisan are on site demoing their crafts.
Non-Stop Music includes local favorites Porter and Sayles, The Juggernaut String Band, La Cucina and newest addition a “Jimmy Buffet Tribute” band Parrot Beach. The venue boast three outdoor stages, an children’s activity area, educational tent, cooking demonstrations and strolling acts for all to enjoy.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of mints since the weekend also features the festival fourth annual garlic eating contest. Each day ten contestants under the big tent belly up and see who can eat the most raw garlic in under a minute. A panel of judges determined who will be crowned the festival king/or queen.
PHOTOS AVAILABLE VIA E-MAIL - Contact Pocono Garlic Harvest Festival, Media Rep. Sharon D. Rothman, info@PGHfestival.com