Activities & Speakers

August 25, 2014

Face Painting

Kids’ face painting runs all day at the festival. Choose Activity:
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
April 1, 2014
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Garlic Breath Contest

Contestants are encouraged to cheat by eating lots of delicious garlicky food before entering the Garlic Breath Contest. 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 – Jean Lum, with an H2S reading
January 24, 2016
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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! Choose Activity:
April 22, 2016
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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
January 24, 2016
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Music Stage: Live Piano Music (9:30am to 5:00pm)

Live piano music all day by a Canadian musician. Musician TBA. Choose Activity:
September 9, 2015
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Sketching Workshop: Still Life with Garlic (all day)

Visitors are welcome to attend a short sketching lesson. Subject Matter: a garlic bulb. Classes runs all day starting at 10:00 am and is free with admission to the festival. Drawing materials are provided. Limited seating.  Visitors are welcome to drop in at any time. Location and Instructor TBA Loading… Choose Activity:
February 26, 2016
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Speakers’ Corner: “The OG: Gluten, Not Garlic” – Marni Wasserman (3:00-3:25pm)

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 articles in the
March 5, 2016
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Speakers’ Corner: “Cooking with Heat” – Chef Rosemary Lee (12:00 – 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
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Speakers’ Corner: “Good Garlic Grows in Ontario” – Arlene Throness (10:00-10:25 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

Speakers’ Corner: “Italians Hate Garlic, Too, and Brits Love Garlic, Too” (11:00-11:45am)

Chefs and authors debate prevailing stereotypes about the use and consumption of garlic.  Speakers TBA (11:00-11:45am) Choose Activity:
March 5, 2016

Speakers’ Corner: “Ontario Garlic is Outta This World” – Professor Michael Dixon (4:00-4:25pm)

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