Activities & Speakers

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

Capture Scratch’s Live Action 360° Virtual Farm Tour (all day)

Visitors to the Toronto Garlic Festival can take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of garlic grower Simon De Boer’s farm, Langside Farms, provided by Capture Scratch. Virtual reality is a computer technology that allows users to visually and/or physically interact in a replicated environment using panoramic views or video simulation. Capture Scratch is a film and media production company that offers services including lighting, camera, direction, and editing, whose background in technology research and development allows them to experiment
May 1, 2015
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Festival Screenings

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (Grant Baldwin, 2014, 75:00)  Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one
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. Festival officials use a gas chromatograph generously provided by Oral Chroma. Contestants’ breath is measured in the parts-per-billion of three crucial garlic elements — Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), Methanethiol, and Dimethyl Sulphide.  Prizes are awarded to the contestants with the highest reading (that is, with the strongest garlic breath). 2015 Garlic Breath Contest Winners: 1st Place
January 24, 2016
Garlic Shot Baristas offer visitors fresh-pressed garlic—straight up.

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!  
April 22, 2016
Peter Mitchell will be grilling garlic scapes and world crops at the Great Garlic eScape BBQ booth.

Great Garlic eScape BBQ – Peter Mitchell

Join Peter Mitchell on a Great Garlic eScape at his World Crops Grilling Station.  Peter will serve up  delicious  taste samples of grilled garlic scapes and world crops, including Napa cabbage, Indian round eggplant, Chinese hot red pepper, okra, yard long beans and more. With the help of a  dash of olive oil, lemon and sea salt, Festival visitors will have a newfound appreciation of these  vegetables. Peter is the manager of an exciting project called “New Canadians – Go Greenbelt.” 
January 24, 2016
Live Canadian music will play all day during the garlic festival on September 18, 2016.

Music Stage: Live Piano Music (9:30am to 5:00pm)

Live piano music all day by a Canadian musician. Musician TBA. Capture Scratch's Live Action 360° Virtual Farm Tour (all day)
September 9, 2015
Sketching workshop by Sip & Pint teaches festival visitors how to draw a garlic bulb.

Sketching Workshop: Still Life with Garlic by Sip & Paint (Speaker’s Corner 4:00 to 4:45pm)

Visitors are welcome to attend a short sketching lesson by artist Jibola  Fagmaniye from  Sip and Paint. Subject Matter: a garlic bulb. Class starts at 4:00 pm in the Speakers’ Corner and is free with admission to the festival. Drawing materials are provided. Limited seating. To confirm your spot ahead of time please complete the short form below. Loading…
February 26, 2016
Marni Wasserman will discuss how to adopt a successful plant-based diet at TGF 2016.

Speakers’ Corner: “The OG: Gluten, Not Garlic” – Marni Wasserman (3:00 to 3:25pm)

Simply said, Marni Wasserman’s life is rooted in healthy eating. Culinary Nutritionist, Health Strategist, Co-Host of The Ultimate Health Podcast and founder of Marni Wasserman’s Food Studio & Lifestyle Shop located in midtown Toronto where she teaches her signature cooking classes, and offers collaborative workshops and urban retreats. She is also the Author of Fermenting for Dummies and Plant-Based Diet For Dummies . Marni has also made several media appearances on Breakfast Television, Global News, CBC, CHCH and Newstalk 1010 and has
March 5, 2016
World-renowned Chef Rosemary Lee will be speaking on how to cook with spices, especially garlic.

Speakers’ Corner: “Cooking with Heat” – Chef Rosemary Lee (12:00 to 12:25pm)

Rosemary is executive chef/manager at Elte Cafe in the design district of Toronto. She has been in the hospitality business for many years. She studied and taught Thai, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine at George Brown College. She also consults in the food and beverage industry. She worked for the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris, France, as well as in Germany, Thailand and Australia. Before coming back to Toronto she worked in Hong Kong where she was a partner in
February 26, 2016
Ryerson University's Urban Agriculture Coordinator Arlene Throness will speak on growing garlic in Ontario.

Speakers’ Corner: “Good Garlic Grows in Ontario” – Arlene Throness (10:00 to10:25 am)

Arlene Throness is the Urban Agriculture Coordinator at Ryerson University where she manages Ryerson’s quarter acre rooftop farm. Arlene’s passion for growing, sharing and enjoying food has led her to work on farms and in kitchens across Canada. She studied Food Security at Ryerson’s Chang School, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Human Geography at Concordia University and is a graduate of Linnaea Farm’s Ecological Garden Design Pogram on Cortes Island, BC. Prior to Ryerson, Arlene was
March 5, 2016
University of Guelph's Professor Michael Dixon will speak on growing food in outer space.

Speakers’ Corner: “Ontario Garlic is Outta This World” – Professor Michael Dixon (2:00 to 2:25pm)

Traveling to Mars may soon be technically possible except for one major challenge: How to feed space travelers over many months and years. Through his research growing plants in the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility at the University of Guelph, Professor Dixon provides a glimpse into Canada’s contribution to the International effort to grow food for long term space travel, and discusses whether fresh garlic may one day be harvested on the Red Planet. Dr. Dixon is the Director of the
March 5, 2016
Stand-up comedian Ben Miner gives a cooking demo of his Garlicky Potato Wedges at TGF 2016.

Speakers’ Corner: Ben Miner’s Garlicky Potatoe Wedges (11:00 to 11:45am)

Professional comedian, radio host and MasterChef Canada alumn Ben Miner has been a stand-up for nearly half his life. He’s toured coast to coast, having made stops at just about every club in Canada as well as festivals such as Just for Laughs in Montreal, The Vancouver Comedy Fest and NXNE in Toronto. When he’s not on stage Ben is still behind a mic as the host of Comic Stripped on SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs with guests who’ve included Cheech &