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.
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/
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.
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.