Activities, Film, Music & Speakers (check back for 2019 updates)

July 27, 2016

360° Virtual Garlic Farm Tour (all day)

Visitors to the Toronto Garlic Festival take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of garlic grower Simon the Farmer’s farm. The festival has created the 360-degree live action video of Simon working in his fields during the summer garlic harvest. This virtual reality tour invites visitors to the Toronto Garlic ...
March 13, 2015
Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers documentary

Festival Theatre: Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers by filmmaker Les Blank

“A brilliant filmmaker” — Roger Ebert “This is Les Blank’s most gastronomically obsessional film portrait yet. An exhaustive, lip-smacking foray into the history, consumption, cultivation, and culinary and curative powers of allium sativum, the film lingers in the disparate kitchens of Chez Panisse and Flint’s Bar-B-Que in Berkeley, and ...
January 24, 2016

Free Garlic Shot Station

Garlic Baristas offer free, fresh-pressed cloves of Ontario garlic to festival visitors, to add extra oomph and kapow to garlic dishes or, to get a leg up in the Garlic Breath Contest.  Our Garlic Baristas get a good workout from peeling and pressing garlic all day long to keep up ...
April 7, 2014

Garlic Braiding Workshop with Farmer Al Cowan (11AM & 1PM)

In just 45 minutes learn how to braid garlic from garlic farmer Al Cowan from Arranhill Farm. You’ll take home your braid (with 15 garlic bulbs in the braid). This is a string or farmers braid, not weaving or hair braiding. Workshops are limited to four persons per class.The cost ...
April 1, 2014
OralChroma's machine scientifically determines who has the stinkiest garlic breath.

Garlic Breath Contest

Contestants are encouraged to cheat by eating lots of delicious garlicky food before entering the Garlic Breath Contest. Started in 2012 and the first garlic festival in the world to use a gas chromatograph to measure garlic breath, contestants’ breath is measured in the parts-per-billion of three crucial garlic elements — Hydrogen ...
April 22, 2016

Great Garlic eScape BBQ

Enjoy a free sample of fresh grilled garlic scape at the Toronto Garlic Festival. Garlic scapes are the soft, lime-green-colored stems and unopened flower buds of hard-neck garlic varieties. Scapes have a mild garlic flavor and a slight sweetness, which makes them a prized addition in the kitchen. You can ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: Contemporary Ghanaian – Kobena Aquaa-Harrison (11:00-11:45AM)

Kobèna Aquaa-Harrison is an award-winning producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer originally from Ghana. He is widely recognized as a performer, producer and creative force in radio, TV, film, dance and theatre. Whether performing at corporate events; working behind the scenes as the musical voice of CBC FIFA World Cup 2010; as ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: Film Score – Donald Quan & Bob Cohen (3:00-3:45PM)

Born in Toronto and schooled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Donald Quan was the recipient of the Joe Venuti scholarship for stringed instrument performance. After Quan left college, he ventured into pop/rock music with the Canadian rock band Lighthouse and played with them for three years. ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: Irish Traditional – Clan Hannigan (12:00-12:45PM)

Clan Hannigan are husband-and-wife duo Steafan Hannigan and Saskia Tomkins, and their three growing children, who live in Canada. Together they play and sing mostly Celtic music with Irish dancing and sea shanties thrown in.   Choose Activity or Speaker 360° Virtual Garlic Farm Tour (all day) Festival Theatre: Garlic Is ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: Latin Easy Listening DJ – Flavia Abadia (4:00-5:00PM)

“Life is too short not to live life how you want it.” -F.A. Flavia is a fiery, energetic, passionate and hardworking DJ, singer/songwriter and dancer with a passion for health and fitness. Grand-daughter of the first Colombian actor in Hollywood, Julio Abadia, she is born in France, and ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: Modern Indian Classical – Ed Hanley & Justin Gray (10:00-10:45AM)

Ed Hanley is a multi-dimensional artist – creator, performer, producer, cinematographer, recording engineer, video editor, photographer, blogger, and tabla player. Described as “a remarkable player, both in his musical thoughtfulness and his technical virtuosity” (Halifax Chronicle Herald), Ed’s multimedia work embraces the worlds of music, video and photography. Although best ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: Solo Steel Pan – Solomon Joseph (2:00-2:45PM)

My name is Solomon. I was born in Trinidad and the pan is my passion. I love to hear it’s magical tones and interpret both classic caribbean songs and modern music. I am a drummer with a renewed interest in the tenor pan. I enjoy experimenting with all types ...
July 1, 2018

Music Stage: World Percussion & Turkish Singing – Demetrios Petsalakis & Brenna MacCrimmon (1:00-1:45PM)

Always intrigued by scratchy 78s and strange ghostly sounds, Brenna MacCrimmon first heard Turkish and Balkan folk music in the vinyl collection of her local public library in the early 1980’s. As a result she embarked on a slow and inexorable descent into the world of Turkish and Balkan music. ...
June 11, 2018

Speaker’s Corner: Why The Heck Would Anyone Put Garlic In Dessert? Chemical Engineer/Chef Kaya Ogruce (12-12:25PM)

Chemist/Chef Kaya Ogruce shares tips and secrets on using garlic in desserts. Located in the Speakers’ Corner at Toronto Garlic Festival. Go to Festival Schedule. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, a city at the intersection of eastern and western culture, Kaya came to Canada in 2002 to study chemical engineering at ...
June 22, 2018

Speakers’ Corner: A HerStory of Garlic – Chef Anne Sorrenti (1:00-1:25)

While the changes in Toronto’s restaurants continued in post-war Toronto, a quiet revolution was happening. Canadian immigrants (and their descendants) were championing the way Canadians cooked at home. For generations, they had been using fresh ingredients and cooking their incredible food without pretention. Their influence continued, unabated, behind the ...
June 22, 2018

Speakers’ Corner: Garlic Stake: A Vampire’s Last Meal – Suyin Olguin, Queen’s University (3:00-3:35)

Suyin Olguin will explore how the history of food and nineteenth-century nutritional science gives a compelling look at the medical, folkloric, and material roots of garlic from which Bram Stoker drew his inspiration for his novel, Dracula (1897). The enduring feud between garlic and vampires that continues to influence vampire figures ...