The Toronto Garlic Festival is the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest where Ontario farmers sell garlic and local chefs cook with garlic. Workshops and demonstrations occur all day during the festival by farmers, gardeners, chefs, cicerones, scientists and health experts. The festival promotes Ontario garlic year-round through garlic donations to charitable fundraisers and projects such as the Ontario Garlic Map, the Great Garlic Recipes brochure, and appearances at food events and fundraisers. Every fall the Toronto Garlic Festival gives away hundreds of garlic bulbs, including many rare and heirloom varieties, to community gardeners.
At the festival visitors learn about the many strains of local garlic. While stocking up on garlic they taste delicious garlic-themed dishes prepared by chefs and paired with Ontario craft beer; and try garlic-infused chocolate, fudge and brittle, and garlic ice cream, all created locally. Also available for purchase are black garlic, pickled garlic scapes, garlic jelly, garlic dill pickles, garlic soda, garlic braids, garlic bulbils (for planting), garlic pesto, and several types of Ontario-made condiments. Fascinating presentations on garlic history, health benefits and cultural secrets are featured throughout the festival day among other activities such as contests, a film screening and cooking demos. Admission: $5.00. Free for children under 12. Price includes FREE access to talks, presentations, film screening and activities, including The Garlic Breath Contest, The Garlic Shot Station and food cooking demos. Fresh Ontario Garlic, delicious food and craft beer and wine are for sale.
2014 Toronto Garlic Festival Slideshow
The festival was started in 2011 by garlic grower Peter McClusky. Peter is a director with the Garlic Growers Association of Ontario. His book, Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival, (History Press, 2015) is in book stores and is available online.
NEW FESTIVAL LOCATION! Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street (at St. Clair Ave West), Toronto. Ontario. M6G 4C7. Easy access by public transit, car, bike and by foot. Wheelchair accessible.