Activities, Film, Music & Speakers

July 27, 2016
360 degree virtual reality garlic harvesting demo, filmed at Langside Farms in Teeswater, Ontario

360° Virtual Farm Tour (all day)

Visitors to the Toronto Garlic Festival take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of garlic grower Simon De Boer’s farm, Langside Farms. 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 Festival to “witness” a real garlic harvest in the hot sun, bringing festival goers closer to the garlic growing process via a pair of virtual reality goggles. The “tour
May 14, 2018

Festival Theatre: Angry Inuk

In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril. 2016 | 1 h 22 min. Showing in the Festival Theatre. For start times se
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 Truckee’s paradise for lovers of the stinking rose, La Vieille Maison. There’s a piquant stop at the first Gilroy Garlic Festival, pertinent asides by Werner “I’
April 22, 2016
fresh grilled scapes are drizzled with olive oil, salt and lemon juice

Fiesta Farms Garlic eScape BBQ

Enjoy a free sample of fresh grilled garlic scape at the Toronto Garlic Festival  courtesy of Fiesta Farms. 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 find them in the early summer. At the Fiesta Farms Garlic eScape BBQ grilled scapes are drizzled wi
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 with demand! Parsley and lemon at the ready if needed!
September 16, 2017

Free Posture Assessment by Rosedale Wellness Centre (All Day Booth 58)

Established in 1989 the Rosedale Wellness Centre has become one of Canada’s leaders in providing quality care and innovative wellness programs for the community. The founder and director Dr. Bryan Sher’s vision has come to life with over 30 practitioners providing a multitude of different services under one roof. Some of the services include Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy, Naturopathy, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Personal Training. The Rosedale Wellness Centre has a com
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. Check out our garlic recipes section for inspiration. Started in 2012 and the first garlic festival in the world to use a gas chromatograph to measure garlic breath, festival officials use a gas chromatograph generously provided by Oral Chroma. Contestants’ breath is measured in the parts-per-billion of th
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: Contemporary Ghanian – Kobena Aquaa-Harrison (11:15-12:00PM)

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 a President/Artistic Director of AfroFest; or poster boy for West Queen West arts and entertainment triangle on billboards and 4 million print copies, Kobe’s contrib
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: Film Score – Donald Quan & Bob Cohen (3:15-4:00PM)

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. In 1988 Quan joined the Canadian rock group Eye Eye as a keyboardist and violist. He also performed as a multi-instrumentalist with the performance artist Meryn Cadell, the celtic-rock band Enter t
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: Irish Tradional – Clan Hannigan (12:15-1:00PM)

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.
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: Latin Easy Listening DJ – Flavia Abadia (4:15-5:00PM)

“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 of Colombian and French-Canadian decent. Since a very young age Flavia knew she wanted to be an artist. After a very serious accident and sev
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: Modern Indian Classical – Ed Hanley & Justin Gray (10:15-11:00AM)

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 known as a practitioner of tabla (the classical percussion of North India), As a tabla player, Ed has learned from some
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: Solo Steel Pan – Solomon Joseph (2:15-3:00PM)

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 of music, including rap, hip hop and R&B. I will continue to create more “pan magic” using fresh, urban-inspired beats. Check out my blog and visit often. I would love to
July 1, 2018

Remenyi Music Stage: World Percussion & Turkish Singing – Demitrios Petsalakis & Brenna MacCrimmon (1:15-2:00PM)

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. In Toronto, she worked with local Turkish and Macedonian ensembles before eventually deciding to “go to the source” and learn more about the music and the cultures that produced it.
June 11, 2018

Speaker’s Corner: 50 Shades of Garlic – Chef Jamie Kennedy (11-11:25AM)

Chef Kennedy discusses tips and techniques for eliciting different flavours and intensity from Ontario garlic. Located in the Speakers’ Corner at Toronto Garlic Festival. Go to Festival Schedule. After closing Gilead Café and Wine Bar on March 31st 2015, Jamie Kennedy shifted his focus to Prince Edward County, where he now lives on his farm, continuing his exploration of ter
June 22, 2018

Speaker’s Corner: A HerStory of Garlic – Chef/Storyteller 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 scenes. One of these food champions was Chef and Oakwood Hardwa
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 the University of Toronto. Upon graduation he pursued his interest i
June 26, 2018

Speakers’ Corner: Nuoc Cham Vietnamese Sauce Demo – Chef Thompson Tran (2-2:45PM)

Chef Thompson demonstrates the traditional Vietnamese use of garlic with two sample tasting dishes:  Dish #1: Bean Sprout, Chinese garlic chive, fried garlic and shallot, Nuoc Cham dressing. Dish #2: Tamarind Sweet Sour Broth, slow-fried garlic, jasmine rice. Chef Thompson currently runs his boutique catering company Wooden Boat Food Company specializing in Vietnamese and French fare in Port Moody, BC and Kitchener,
September 9, 2015

Speakers’ Corner: Garlic Art Workshop (4-4:45PM)

Toronto Garlic Festival visitors receive free professional instruction – including supplies – to create their own original garlic art to take home. Past instructors include: Sip & Paint’s Jibola  Fagmaniye and Marilyn Bercovich. Copper Garlic pictured is by artist Briar Emond who led a garlic skin paper art workshop in 2017 Check back for details on the 2018 Garlic Art Workshop
June 22, 2018

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

Suyin is a doctoral candidate in English Literature at Queen’s University, Kingston. She completed her MA in Études Anglaises at Université de Montreal and her BA (Hons.) in English Literature at Bishop’s University. Her research is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship. She studies food, nutritional science, and masculinity in Victorian literature. In 2018, Suyin was
June 18, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: The Garlic Diaries: Farmer Shawn Stevens Shares Secrets and Confessions on Growing Garlic (10:00-10:25am)

Farmer Shawn Stevens returns for another year with fresh experience and insight from his garlic patch. He’ll discuss growing garlic suitable for farmers, home gardeners and anyone new to gardening.  Shawn was given an opportunity a few years ago to begin an urban farm of 15 5×5 planting beds. he knew nothing about farming but as a teacher he brought his students to the urban farm to join in the learning process. He found out he could plant garlic in the fall