Ste-Anne Garlic Festival Saturday
The 8th annual Garlic Festival will take place along the waterfront in Ste-Anne-deBellevue Saturday and organizers are ready to surpass the 3,500 visitors the event drew last year.
The Aug. 23 festival being held at the weekly Ste-Anne’s Farmers’ Market will offer an entire day devoted to tasting, shopping, and learning about garlic. Market spokesperson and coordinator Patti Murphy said a highly desired gourmet variety known as black garlic will be introduced this year, while free market bags will be given out by Bernardin Home Canning Company.
According to Murphy, the festival was founded by Dan Brisebois from Ferme Tourne-sol in Les Cèdres.
Other events taking place during the day will include two competitions in which eager growers and cooks can still register: The Garlic Growers Competition which will showcase garlic specimens in single bulbs and braids, and The Great Garlic Dessert Challenge.
Meanwhile, 15 of the market’s more than 55 vendors will devote entire kiosks to certified organic garlic bulbs or braids that are good for eating or planting. Other vendors will get in on the act with the following: barbecued garlic sausages, bruschetta, garlic pestos, goat cheese with garlic, roasted garlic salsas, pickled garlic, handmade garlic-keeper pots and more.
There will also be garlic talks and workshops.
The Ste-Annes Farmers’ Market is located along the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue waterfront, at the intersection of Ste. Anne and St. Pierre streets. The Aug. 23 festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To register for the competitions, or for information, email organizers at email@example.com, or call 514 831-3333.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue mayor Paola Hawa was Queen of the Garlic during last year’s garlic festival.