Jackie FacePaints

Jackie FacePaints

Jackie is a recent graduate from Ryerson University and full-time civil servant. When she’s not hustling at City Hall, she’s enjoying good ole fashioned artistic expression through her love of face painting. Jackie’s enjoyed regular gigs at some of Toronto’s busiest farmers markets, private birthday parties and the 2013 Toronto Garlic Festival. Jackie loves the challenge [...]

Live Green Toronto, City of Toronto

Live Green Toronto, City of Toronto

Live Green Toronto is your one-stop-shop for living green in Toronto. Live Green Toronto is a program of the City of Toronto which provides you tips, tools and resources to help you lead a greener lifestyle. At the Toronto Garlic Festival they will provide literature on City of Toronto environmental programs and services and free [...]

Ontario’s Great Garlic Photo Contest – by Fresh City Farms

Ontario’s Great Garlic Photo Contest – by Fresh City Farms

Calling garlic lovers everywhere! Fresh City and the Toronto Garlic Festival have teamed up to bring you Ontario’s Great Garlic Photo Contest. Our goal is to highlight the bounty of garlic being grown and consumed in Ontario How do you enter? It’s easy! Simply take a photo of garlic – whether it’s growing outdoors, waiting to [...]

Garlic Braiding Workshop with Bryan “Garlic Man” Mailey

Garlic Braiding Workshop with Bryan “Garlic Man” Mailey

Bryan “Garlic Man” Mailey returns for a 2nd year to teach the art of braiding hardneck garlic.  This year Bryan is offering 4 classes during the day for patrons to create and take home their very own handcrafted braid of garlic. The cost of the class is $35.00 which includes the garlic necessary to make your [...]

Garlic and the City: Growing Garlic in an Urban Setting

Garlic and the City: Growing Garlic in an Urban Setting

As a boy Bart Brusse could never stay still (it wasn’t a psychiatric disorder back then) and had to have his hands in the dirt. This developed into a long career growing plants.  After graduating from the University of Guelph he worked at several nurseries across Canada before finding his place at Canada’s largest combined [...]

Festival Screening: No Impact Man

Festival Screening: No Impact Man

Colin Beavan was a writer living in Manhattan who had the usual concerns over the future of the environment until he realized he wasn’t doing much about it. Beavan decided that it was time he and his family did something to deal with the practical issues of global warming and environmental sustainability, so he set [...]

Living a Low Impact Life: The Film vs. Real Life – Andrew Knox

Living a Low Impact Life: The Film vs. Real Life – Andrew Knox

Just how practical is it to try to lessen your impact on the environment? And does it make a difference?  To complement this year’s festival film screening of No Impact Man, the real life implications of trying to make less of an impact on the environment will be discussed. Speaker Andrew Knox is the President [...]

Garlic is as Good as Gold: Currency, Flu Fighter, Taste Maker – David Sugarman, Ontario Science Centre

Garlic is as Good as Gold: Currency, Flu Fighter, Taste Maker – David Sugarman, Ontario Science Centre

Mr. Sugarman has been providing scientific expertise to the Ontario Science Centre for over 30 years. With an honors degree in biology and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toronto, Mr. Sugarman offers a great depth of knowledge in human biology and medical science. He is frequently interviewed by the media providing [...]

Food Labels 101- Karina Kwong

Food Labels 101- Karina Kwong

What does “no sugar” on a product label really mean? What does it mean to be a “Product of Canada”? What’s the trick to understanding the “Nutrition Facts” on a package. These and other food packaging topics will be discussed by Karina Kwong. Karina is a Registered Dietitian at Toronto Public Health, where one of [...]

Cooking Demo by Chef Yumiko Kobayashi – Windup Bird Cafe

Cooking Demo by Chef Yumiko Kobayashi – Windup Bird Cafe

Yumiko Kobayashi is the executive chef and co-owner of Windup Bird Cafe. An award-winning textile artist, she gave up her love of the plastic arts for the greater love of the culinary arts. At Windup Bird Cafe, she integrates locally-sourced ingredients to create healthy internationally-inspired dishes.  She was the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 Harbourfront Centre’s Hot & [...]

Tracing Garlic’s Roots – Peter McClusky, garlic grower

Tracing Garlic’s Roots – Peter McClusky, garlic grower

Toronto Garlic Festival founder and garlic grower Peter McClusky will reveal excerpts from his book on the history of garlic in Ontario, from the early settlers to the present day. The talk will include discussion of the latest research on the medicinal benefits of garlic, the chemistry of garlic and how it applies to it’s [...]

Cooking Demo by Chef Anne Sorrenti

Cooking Demo by Chef Anne Sorrenti

Chef Anne Sorrenti is often asked where she got her “training” the answer would be many hours learning from the best cooks – her Nonna, Oma, Trini mother in-law and mother. Their ability to grow, can, preserve and prepare what was local and availble to feed their families is what inspires her cooking everyday. The [...]

Cooking Demo by Sarafino & Chef Brad Long, Belong Cafe

Cooking Demo by Sarafino & Chef Brad Long, Belong Cafe

Brad Long is recognized as one of the top chefs in Canada. His talents are highly acclaimed by some of the country’s toughest food critics – VQA Restaurant Awards of Excellence and Globe and Mail Top 10 restaurants of the year. Brad is chef and owner of Café Belong and Belong Catering. He is a [...]

Musical Guest Carl Dixon

Musical Guest Carl Dixon

Dixon moved to Montreal in 1979 to perform with a band called Firefly. In 1981, Dixon left Firefly, moving to Toronto, where he answered an ad from the band Coney Hatch, becoming their lead singer. While with Coney Hatch, he wrote and co-wrote many of their hits, such as “Hey Operator” and “Devil’s Deck”. He [...]

Garlic Breath Contest

Garlic Breath Contest

Contestants are encouraged to cheat by eating as much garlicky food as they like before, and of course during the Toronto Garlic Festival before entering the 2014 Garlic Breath Contest officiated by the Ontario Science Centre. The Science Centre uses a gas chromatograph generously provided by Advanced Sensor Products. Contestants’ breath is measured in the [...]

Free Raw Garlic Shots

Free Raw Garlic Shots

Toronto Garlic Festival’s popular Raw Garlic Shot Station is back this year to add extra oomph and kapow to garlic dishes with a FREE shot of fresh-pressed Ontario garlic. Our Garlic Shot Baristas get a good workout from peeling and pressing garlic all day long to keep up with demand! Also, parsley and lemon at the [...]