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IT’S EAS­TON GAR­LIC FEST

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Con­sider these words care­fully: Gar­lic­drenched fries. If that doesn’t grab your at­ten­tion, how about a flam­ing wheel of cheese into which fresh pasta and gar­lic are rolled? The beau­ti­ful to­tal­ity of gar­lic’s fla­vor — from pun­gent and as­sertive to silky and sweet — will again be cel­e­brated in the city of Eas­ton’s an­nual ode to the “stink­ing rose,” Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest. The fes­ti­val, which will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6, will of­fer gar­licky foods, drinks, ac­tiv­i­ties, con­tests, fam­ily events and more. Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest is the first of two fall food fes­ti­vals in the city. Pa. Ba­con Fest will be held Nov. 2 and 3. Back to gar­lic: This two-day event is a cel­e­bra­tion of food, so it’s im­por­tant to go on an empty stom­ach. It’s free to walk around the fes­ti­val, but cer­tain events and at­trac­tions re­quired paid tick­ets.

On the menu:

The big­gest part of this fes­ti­val is all the gar­licky food you can en­joy — from hot and fresh and ready to eat to foods you can take home and make your­self. Here’s an over­view of just some of what you’ll find: ■ Aman’s (Eas­ton): Chicken gar­lic la­suni kabob, gar­lic naan, pa­neer tikka masala. ■ Atomic Hogs Pit BBQ & Ca­ter­ing: Smashed gar­lic pota­toes, Texas-style An­gus beef brisket, Mem­phis-style pulled pork, baby back ribs, smoked tur­key gar­lic gaze, mac & cheese, Span­ish rice, coleslaw, baked beans w/ brisket burnt ends, col­lard greens. ■ The Cooks Cor­ner Fam­ily Restau­rant (Po­conos): Roasted gar­lic chow­der, sautéed pier­o­gis

with onions and gar­lic, chicken wings roasted gar­lic glazed, kiel­basa and kraut sand­wiches, crispy tater tots with gar­lic horsey cream. ■ Frozen­lan­dia (Eas­ton): Pret­zels with gar­lic salt, le­mon­ade, frozen le­mon­ade, frozen yo­gurt, iced coffee, wa­ter, soda. ■ Grump’s BBQ Road­house: Pulled pork with gar­lic mo­jito sand­wich, brisket sand­wich with smoked gouda and roasted gar­lic cheese sauce, jam­bal­aya with gar­lic cre­ole, ba­con-wrapped gar­lic jalapeno pop­pers, coleslaw, soda, wa­ter. ■ Kfars­ghab Club of Eas­ton: Lo­cally fa­mous chicken and gar­lic pita wrap, soda, wa­ter. ■ Las Ter­re­nas Caribbean Restau­rant (Eas­ton): Gar­lic chicken breast, gar­lic shrimp, pork, gar­lic bread, gar­lic fish fil­let. ■ Mesa Mod­ern Mex­i­can: Gar­lic mac and cheese, crispy gar­lic fries with cilantro ai­oli, spicy gar­lic and jalapeno chicken skew­ers. ■ Pret­zel Revo­lu­tion: Flam­ing gar­lic buf­falo chicken-stuffed pret­zel, gar­lic pep­per­oncini pizza stuffed pret­zel, gar­lic cheese hot dog, jumbo gar­lic soft pret­zel. ■ Sumac Ca­ter­ing: Grilled chicken skew­ers with gar­lic sauce, Le­banese chicken toum. ■ Sweet Girlz Bak­ery (Eas­ton): Deep­fried cup­cakes, gar­lic cup­cakes, pump­kin gar­lic cup­cakes, cup­cake par­faits. ■ Sy­camore Grille Restau­rant & Pub: Gar­lic-roasted crab cake sand­wich with gar­lic re­moulade, gar­lic-drenched fries, gar­lic and cheese risotto balls, co­conut shrimp with sweet gar­lic chili sauce, fried gar­lic, gar­lic and Parme­san-tossed wings, jumbo clam strips with gar­lic re­moulade, gar­lic chicken corn chow­der, potato and cheese pierogi with gar­lic dip­ping sauce. ■ Terra Cafe (Eas­ton): Em­panadas, tamales, smooth­ies, gar­lic chim­churri, ara­pas stuffed with meat. ■ The Fly­ing V: Honey gar­lic pulled pork pou­tine, pea meal ba­con pou­tine with gar­lic corn­meal crust, lamb pou­tine with gar­lic le­mon yo­gurt sauce, gar­lic truf­fle oil fries, short rib pou­tine with horse­rad­ish gar­lic cream sauce. ■ Un­cle Bud Ca­ter­ing: Grilled chicken legs, grilled port chops, gar­lic mac and cheese, gar­lic col­lard greens, kiss-me-gar­lic sauce, ginger gar­lic sauce, gar­lic parme­san sauce, mind-your-business brown gar­lic. ■ Warm Su­gar: Cup­cakes, reg­u­lar and gar­lic; gar­lic cook­ies, dec­o­rated “gar­lic” cook­ies, gar­lic brown­ies, gar­lic scones. ■ Zuzu Con­fec­tionery: Candy and caramel ap­ples, truf­fles, choco­lates, candy and brit­tle, nuts, pret­zels in cho­co­late and top­pings. Along with all that you can of course, take home fresh gar­lic and gar­lic prod­ucts from farms such as: ■ Val­ley Fall Farm (New Jer­sey): Gar­lic Bulbs, dried, gar­lic flakes, black gar­lic, bot­tled honey, pollen ■ Beets Workin’ Farm (Mertz­town, Berks County): 40 va­ri­eties of hard­neck gar­lic; as well as black gar­lic and smoked gar­lic.

Tasty (tick­eted) events

If all that food isn’t enough, you can get your tick­ets for these de­li­cious events: ■ Gas­tric Gar­lic Peo­ple’s Choice Con­test: noon to 2:30 p.m Satur­day. About 400 peo­ple will sam­ple and judge the best gar­lic dish cre­ated by lo­cal restau­rant chef. Those who at­tend will get to vote on which chef will earn the cov­eted gar­lic bulb win­ner’s plaque. How much: $10 at the door. ■ Dan­ger­ous Desserts Peo­ple’s Choice Con­test: noon to 2:30 pm Sun­day; About 200 peo­ple will get to sam­ple and judge the best gar­lic dessert cre­ated by lo­cal restau­rant chefs. How much: $8 at the door. ■ The Big Stinkin’ Wheel of Cheese Tast­ing (both days): It’s a tasty event that’s also a show. A gi­ant wheel of Reg­giano Parme­san cheese is set on fire as chefs roll pasta and gar­lic in the melted cheese. How much: $12.

What about drinks?

You can stop by the beer tent hosted by 3rd & Ferry Fish Mar­ket, fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of beer and also Bloody Mary, mule, punch and san­gria op­tions. You can also play games such as three-point bas­ket­ball chal­lenge, foot­ball bowl­ing, quoits, corn hole, and a gi­ant Jenga next to the beer tent.

More de­li­cious events

■ Farm-to-Mar­ket Mys­tery Bas­ket Com­pe­ti­tion: 2:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Farm-to-Mar­ket Stage. The fes­ti­val’s head­line chef Ricky Hein­richs, the ex­ec­u­tive chef at Pearly Baker’s Ale­house, will go up against Chef Este­ban Mo­rales of Air Prod­ucts. Mo­rales has his work cut out for him: Hein­richs is a four-time win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion. Each chef will re­ceive an iden­ti­cal mys­tery bas­ket filled with lo­cal food cho­sen by Me­gan McBride, Eas­ton’s mar­ket dis­trict man­ager. They will have 30 min­utes to cre­ate a gar­licky meal us­ing only those in­gre­di­ents in this judged com­pe­ti­tion. ■ The Siz­zlin’ Hot Latin Quar­ter (both days): This is a new event, on Northamp­ton Street be­tween 2nd and 3rd streets. You’ll find His­panic and Latino food ven­dors; the Livin’ in the Rhythm Drum Circle with more than 20 drums; DJ Nino and AP el In­qui­eto, who per­form Reg­gae­ton music; Colom­bian mu­si­cian and singer Omaira; and the Swing Combo Salsa and Rio Bossa bands. ■ The May­ors’ Cook-Off (3 p.m. Sun­day): Eas­ton Mayor Sal Panto will part­ner with Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest Head­line Chef Ricky Hein­richs, ex­ec­u­tive chef of Pearly Baker’s. They will take on Heller­town Mayor David Heintzel­man and Phillips­burg Mayor Stephen El­lis along with their part­ner chefs to claim Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest brag­ging rights as the win­ner. ■ Home­town Heroes Cook-Off (1 p.m Sun­day): Fac­ing off in this cook­ing chal­lenge will be Eas­ton po­lice, fire and EMS per­son­nel.

Still more events

■ Watch cook­ing demos by chefs from ShopRite, Aman’s In­dian Restau­rant, Stoke and Eas­ton Pub­lic Mar­ket on the Stinkin’ Culi­nary Stage (both days). ■ Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest has a lot of great ac­tiv­i­ties for kids too in­clud­ing a culi­nary kids cook­ing con­test, pony rides, moon bounce, and other ac­tiv­i­ties.

And…

The reg­u­lar Satur­day Eas­ton Farm­ers’ Mar­ket will tem­po­rar­ily move from Centre Square to in front of the Eas­ton Pub­lic Mar­ket, 325 Northamp­ton St. Info: http://eas­t­on­gar­licfest.com/

MORN­ING CALL FILE PHOTO

Sy­camore Grille, of Delaware Wa­ter Gap, re­turns to Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest with its pop­u­lar gar­lic-drenched fries.

Jen­nifer Shee­han

MORN­ING CALL FILE PHOTO

Fahim Elias of Forks Twp. grills chicken & gar­lic for Eas­ton’s Kfars­ghab Club dur­ing last year’s Eas­ton’s Gar­lic Fes­ti­val. The club will be back when the fes­ti­val re­turns Oct. 5 and 6.

MORN­ING CALL FILE PHOTO

Kari Kirchgess­ner, owner of Sweet Girlz Bak­ery, holds a va­ri­ety of gar­lic cup­cakes for sale dur­ing Eas­ton’s an­nual Gar­lic Fest in this file photo. Sweet Girlz will be back as a ven­dor at this year’s Eas­ton Gar­lic Fest, which will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at sites around Centre Square.

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