GAR­LIC FES­TI­VAL DRAWS THOU­SANDS

Vis­i­tors come from all over the coun­try to Can­tine Field

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Thou­sands of diehard fans on Satur­day ig­nored omi­nous skies to heed the Hud­son Val­ley Gar­lic Fes­ti­val’s clar­ion call to Can­tine Field for the first of two days where there was no end to ways to pre­pare and con­sume the pun­gent bulb.

While vis­i­tors came from states as far south as Florida and as far west as Cal­i­for­nia the core of the event ap­peared to be homegrown fans who in some cases be­lieved that res­i­dents who don’t at­tend could

be fac­ing trou­ble. “If you are stopped by the po­lice you could be tick­eted if there isn’t gar­lic on your breath,” Saugerties res­i­dent Jere­lynn Ma­son said.

How­ever, it is the draw of peo­ple com­ing from a wide re­gion that Fa­vorite Places ven­dors Ger­ald Hardy and Mar­i­lyn Davis have been seek­ing dur­ing the five years they have been sell­ing

their prints of lo­cal his­toric and scenic sites.

“We love Saugerties and we love the Gar­lic Fes­ti­val,” Davis said. “We’re from Con­necti­cut and do arts and crafts fes­ti­vals mostly but this the type of event that at­tracts peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate art, the things they have in area, and are re­ally ded­i­cated to com­ing to this fes­ti­val re­gard­less of what the whether is.”

Grumpy Grater own­ers Lee and Wil­liam Gowdy, of Fort My­ers, Florida, was among the ven­dors mak­ing sure that vis­i­tors could not only ap­pre­ci­ate the fla­vor of the fes­ti­val but pre­serve

the fla­vor af­ter com­plet­ing their gar­lic pur­chases. They spent the day demon­strat­ing porce­lain ce­ramic graters in­tended to turn gar­lic in smaller pieces with­out los­ing the es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents.

“This is has been go­ing on 10 years and what I know is that a day with­out gar­lic is like a kiss with­out a mous­tache,” Wil­liam Gowdy said.

Latham res­i­dent Charles Panza works in Ul­ster County and brought three friends from Al­bany to the fes­ti­val af­ter at­tend­ing last year.

“The va­ri­ety here is just un­be­liev­able,” he said. “There’s noth­ing here that I’ve tasted that I didn’t like.”

Gar­lic choco­late, gar­lic vine­gar, gar­lic dip with sour cream, gar­lic with hot sauce, gar­lic ice cream, and gar­lic but­ter spreads don’t are not even the tip of the gar­lic ice­berg in terms of fla­vors.

Cloth­ing was also cen­tered on the fes­ti­val theme, with some ven­dors find­ing the cooler weather an aid to the sales of sweat­shirts and long sleeve shirts im­printed with fine art draw­ings of clas­sic gar­lic im­ages. Among ven­dors pre­pared for the brisk air and lower tem­per­a­tures was Joe DiPasquale, who promi­nently dis­played shirts with his wife’s paint­ing that used “aglio” as the

Ital­ian trans­la­tion to iden­tify gar­lic.

“We’ve done this for 20 years and this year we had to split up and do two shows be­cause they move it a week later,” he said. “Right now she is in Louisville, Ken­tucy, be­cause that’s one of our best shows but we love the Gar­lic Fes­ti­val, we know the peo­ple from the Gar­lic Seed Foun­da­tion, and we’re friends with some of the farm­ers. So we’re do­ing this be­cause we like the whole idea of a gar­lic fes­ti­val and it fits in with our themes and our art work as nat­u­ral and it is a nat­u­ral fit.”

The Hud­son Val­ley Gar­lic Fes­ti­val will con­tinue Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ad­mis­sion at the gate is $10.

WIL­LIAM J. KEM­BLE PHOTO

Grumpy Grater owner Wil­liam Gowdy talks about his grater on Satur­day at the Hud­son Val­ley Gar­lic Fes­ti­val at Can­tine Field in Saugerties. The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WIL­LIAM J. KEM­BLE PHOTO

Hud­son Val­ley Gar­lic Fes­ti­val vol­un­teer Peg Nau stands in front of a quilt be­ing raf­fled Satur­day.

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