August 17, 2018

Things To Do In Toronto

Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario and the largest city in Canada by population, with 2,731,571 residents in 2016 as noted on wikipedia. There are tons of attractions and different places to see and visit across the fine city of Toronto. However, if you are looking for an ...
August 16, 2018

Garlic Health Effects

Garlic is a plant in the onion family that’s grown for its distinctive taste and health benefits. It contains sulfur compounds, which are believed to bring some of the health benefits. Claims about garlic’s medical and therapeutic effects in ancient lore and modern science can fill a book. ...
August 14, 2018

Garlic Benefits: The Healing History

It’s believed that garlic was first discovered thousands of years ago in central Asia. We have valued the root ever since. How did it all begin? One imagined scenario  is that about ten thousand years ago (or possibly earlier), a few hunter-gatherer women were walking along a hillside. They ...
August 13, 2018

When Should You Pick Garlic?

Garlic is one of those things where timing is everything, and the harvest period can span from late spring through late summer, depending on the weather and the variety of garlic grown. But since the bulbs are all underground, how can you really tell when your garlic is ripe for ...
August 12, 2018

August’s Harvest Garlic & Ted’s Tantalizing Story

The secret is out. Many people are aware of garlic’s attractions, and demand for garlic has never been greater.  And when demand soars, the supply side tries to keep up. Beginning in the 1980s, Ontario became a significant grower. But local garlic farmers suffered more than a few bumps ...
August 11, 2018

What is Black Garlic?

Black garlic, otherwise known as fermented garlic, is a black, tar-like substance. It is a type of aged garlic which is attributed to be browned by the Maillard reaction rather than caramelized, first used as a food ingredient in Asian cuisine. It is made by heating whole bulbs of garlic (...
August 10, 2018

A Brief Look at the Garlic Festival

The secret is out. Many people are aware of garlic’s attractions, and demand for garlic has never been greater.  And when demand soars, the supply side tries to keep up. Beginning in the 1980s, Ontario became a significant grower. But local garlic farmers suffered more than a few bumps ...
August 9, 2018

How to Grow Garlic

Need to grow garlic? With a little patience and a few bulbs, you can build up a sizable crop. Hardneck garlic has thrived for millennia in the northern hemisphere in a wide range of soil conditions and climates. So if I can grow garlic as a wannabe farmer with only ...
August 8, 2018

The Growth of Garlic Farms

Garlic farms sprang up across the province in the east, the southwest and the north. Over just a few years, Ontario garlic production covered as much as four thousand acres (1,600 hectares). Then trouble struck. In the 1990s, large quantities of Chinese garlic was “dumped” on the Canadian market. According to ...
August 7, 2018

Plant Garlic Cloves In The Fall

Steps on How to Plant Garlic Cloves in the Fall Step 1: Purchase Seed Garlic Do not use imported table garlic for planting. Not only will it grow poorly, but you risk the possibility of infecting your garden or farm field with foreign-based diseases. No self-respecting garlic grower wants to be ...
August 6, 2018

Garlic Nutrition? Best Healthy Garlic Recipe

To Cure What Ails” Roasted Garlic Soup Garlic Nutritional Highlights Garlic has many nutritional qualities. It is an excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). It’s also a very good source of manganese, selenium and vitamin C, as well as other minerals, including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper. Garlic ...
July 6, 2018

Artist Alyssa Cooper

Every year the Toronto Garlic Festival re-imagines the garlic bulb in a new and creative way for its annual marketing campaign.  In previous years we hired artists and graphic designers to depict a garlic bulb abstracted as a scoop of ice cream (2013),  a hot air balloon (2014),  a globe of  the ...
June 26, 2018

Ukrainian Credit Union Speakers’ Corner: “The Garlic Sauce” – 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 ...
June 22, 2018

Ukrainian Credit Union 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 ...
August 8, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: First Nations Cuisine 15,000 – Chef Rich Francis (1:00-1:25PM)

“There’s nothing wrong with bannock, I think for the most part bannock has this kind of pre-conceived notion that it is Aboriginal cuisine,” said Chef Rich Francis during an interview with CBC Radio’s Saskatoon Morning. “When the colonial era happened, we were given rations  and that’s where ...
May 27, 2017

Artist Stephen Snake

Every year the Toronto Garlic Festival  re-imagines the garlic bulb in a new and creative way for the Festival’s advertising campaign.  In previous years we hired artists and graphic designers to depict a garlic bulb abstracted as a scoop of ice cream (2013),  a hot air balloon (2014),  a globe of  ...
May 16, 2017

Vendor Event Insurance Through PAL Insurance

PAL Insurance offers 30 day insurance policies. By law the Festival requires proof of $2,000,000.00 comprehensive general liability insurance. The certificate of insurance must name: Toronto Garlic Festival Corp, Toronto Artscape Inc., 171 East Liberty Street, Suite 224 Toronto, ON, M6K 3P6 and City of Toronto as additional insured. To get a quote ...
April 12, 2017

Farmer David Cohlmeyer

A farmer and tireless advocate for locally grown organic foods, David Cohlmeyer is a pioneer, a generous supporter, a teacher and a leader of conscientious eating. At the 2017 Toronto Garlic Festival, David discusses soil terroir and the impact of soil biology on the taste of food, along with Chef Justin ...
April 12, 2017

Chef Justin Cournoyer, Actinolite Restaurant

Chef Cournoyer’s pursuit of excellence and respect for the relation of soil to cooking flavour dates back  to his first cooking job at a casual family restaurant in Ontario. After high school he made the leap to formal cuisine followed with travel to sharpen his taste for simple, flavourful, ...
March 17, 2017

Speakers’ Corner: Johl Ringuette Discusses Wild Garlic from the POV of The First Nations and European Explorers (11:00-11:25)

Johl discusses the use of domesticated and wild garlic by First Nations in 18th and 19th century Canada and how it influenced and was influenced by European settlers. Also, the reaction of First Nations to European use of garlic. Johl Whiteduck Ringuette’s mission has been to learn, educate and ...
September 5, 2016
Just A Cup Coffee

Just A Cup Coffee

Just A Cup Coffee will be selling the following items at this year’s Toronto Garlic Festival: Caramelized Garlic Butter Tarts, Nutty Garlic Cookies, Cedar Garlic Shortbread, Coffee with Garlic Flavour, Garlic Apple Jelly (our favourite!), Roasted Onion-Garlic Marmalade – a special treat, Garlic Powder, Garlic Scape Pesto, Garlic braids and ...
September 1, 2016
Wild North Flowers

Wild North Flowers

Using 100% Ontario-Grown flowers, we design and deliver seasonal arrangements throughout Toronto and the GTA. Our design style is natural and elegant, with that “fresh from the garden” look. We buy directly from local growers so our flowers are always super fresh. To cut down on waste, instead of having dozens ...
August 31, 2016
Toronto Musician Bill King

Bill King

William Morgan ‘Bill King’  (pianist, composer, publisher, producer) was born on June 22, 1946 in Jefferson, Indiana, U.S.A. He devoted much of his time as a youth to studies with W.C. Handy’s former pianist Eva Smith, the Louisville Academy of music’s Don Murray, and Indiana University saxophonist/...
August 31, 2016
Lawrie Ingles musician

Lawrie Ingles

Lawrie Ingles is one busy musician, singing, playing keys, guitar, bass or drums in any number of bands at a time. When he’s not playing he’s out supporting live music, and taking in live shows. He’s also a talented songwriter, and his wordplay-laden lyrics offer a trusting ...
August 31, 2016
Donald Quan performs at the Toronto Garlic Festival

Donald Quan

Donald Quan is one of Canada’s most prolific film composers. He has won three SOCAN film music awards and was recently nominated for four Gemini awards . An accomplished performer and a graduate of the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Quan has played world  instruments and keyboards for ...
June 8, 2016

Beer & Food Pairing Chart (sample)

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June 8, 2016

Sample Beer Pairing Table (June,2016)

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May 14, 2016


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May 5, 2016
Creemore Springs is the official craft beer sponsor of the Toronto Garlic Festival.

Ontario Craft Beer

Ontario craft beer and garlic cuisine are two great tastes that taste great together. This year the Toronto Garlic Festival is offering new inspired dishes and tantalizing brews from Wine Tours Toronto and Official Beer Sponsor Creemore Springs. But how do you know which beer goes best with each dish? ...
April 23, 2016

Tartar Sauce with Homemade Dill Pickle

Courtesy Toronto Garlic Festival Makes 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) Serve with Fish Cakes You haven’t tasted tartar sauce until you’ve tried homemade tartar sauce. The secret to a stellar tartar sauce is to use homemade dill pickles. The pickles, and the brine, made with mulled seasonings, is remarkably better tasting ...
January 24, 2016

2015 Garlic Festival in Pictures

The 5th annual Toronto Garlic Festival was an olfactory success!
October 28, 2015

2015 Garlic Story Contest – 3rd Place

A Love for all Seasonings by Tess Tabak It was doomed from the start. To him, the blander the better as far as food was concerned. He thought “seasoning” meant a summer abroad. Worst of all, he hated garlic. I thought I could change him. Garlic was part of my ...
October 28, 2015

2015 Garlic Story Contest – 2nd Place

A Seat on the Streetcar by Linda Boyko   It is the evening rush hour in Toronto. There has been no streetcar on this route for the past 10 minutes. As you peer down the road, wishing that the vehicle would come, you catch a glimpse of red and yellow. Could ...
October 28, 2015

2015 Garlic Story Contest – 1st Place

Haiku – Two Sets by Dan Tanner    Autumn senses Musky knife-crushed cloves leak their juices on a board Garlic fingertips   Sunlight through a crack dries-out curling green scapes nailed to wooden walls   Teardrops paint her cheeks Smashing garlic and onion makes her lungs breathe clear   Cabbage in ...
October 1, 2015

Garlic Festival in Pictures

September 25, 2015

2015 Garlic Festival in Pictures

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September 7, 2015

1st Annual Garlic Story Contest Winners

The Toronto Garlic Festival is pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Garlic Story Contest. Contest rules require that entries be fiction or non-fiction, written in any style; or poetry.  Entries were judged blind. Thanks to contest judge, Ann Ireland. Ann is the author of four novels, A ...
July 29, 2015

Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival

The taste of Ontario garlic is as rich and varied as its history. Used mainly for medicinal purposes in the nineteenth century, people turned up their noses at the aromatic bulb as it became associated with new immigrants. The once acceptable ingredient became undesirable in church and school–kids who ...
July 15, 2015

Ontario’s Celebration Zone

Join us at the Tasting and Pairing Sessions at Ontario’s Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Centre when we’ll be giving away garlic inspired samples on Monday August 3, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Location: 235 Queens Quay West, Ontario Square Exhibition Common, Toronto, M5J 2G8.
June 14, 2015

Media – 2015

Radio CBC Fresh Air – June 14, 2015. Peter McClusky discusses his book, Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival.     NEW FESTIVAL LOCATION!  Artscape Wychwood Barns,  601 Christie Street (at St. Clair Ave
May 14, 2015

2011 Festival Archive

Presentations The Origin of Garlic – Professor Robert Litke, Wilfred Laurier University Garlic Pests & Disease – A.R. Stevenson. First Estate Olive Oil – Angelo Tramonti Speaker/Presenter Bios Robert Litke – Gadshill, Ontario. Mr. Litke, a professor of philosophy, teaches environmental philosophy at Wilfred Laurier University. Robert claims that “Growing garlic is ...
May 11, 2015

Reicza’s Rocamboles grows several strains of heirloom garlic

May 10, 2015

Roasted Garlic Biscuits are a favorite at the day long festival

May 10, 2015

Young garlic plants in farmer Simon De Boer’s patch, Teeswater, ON

May 9, 2015

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March 19, 2015

2018 Festival Location

Artscape Wychwood Barns is a community cultural hub that opened in 2008 where a dynamic mix of arts, culture, food security, urban agriculture, environmental and  community activities  come together to provide a new lease on life for a century-old former streetcar repair facility. Address: 601 Christie Street (at St. Clair Ave West), ...
March 19, 2015

Directions (New Location!)

October 21, 2014

Visitors at the Toronto Garlic Festival

October 1, 2014

Ontario garlic farmers & chefs converge at the Toronto Garlic Festival

October 1, 2014
Garlic Bulbs

There’s no such thing as too much garlic at the Toronto Garlic Festival!

October 1, 2014

Roasted Garlic Almond Brittle Coated Apples by Roots of Health

September 25, 2014
Garlic Breath Contest, Ontario Science Centre

2014 Garlic Breath Contest Winner

Congratulations to the 2014 Garlic Breath contest winner, Ian A.! The contest was adjudicated by the Ontario Science Centre using a gas chromatograph generously provided by Oral Chroma. The contestants had their breath measured in the parts-per-billion of three crucial garlic elements — Hydrogen Sulphide, Methanethiol, and Dimethyl Sulphide. The winner with ...
September 22, 2014

No such thing as too much garlic at the 4th Annual Toronto Garlic Festival

September 22, 2014

Jamie Kennedy Fries with Garlic Aioli – too good for words

September 22, 2014

Hogtown Charcuterie’s Garlic Honey Ribs and Pretzel Bites with Garlic Dips – perfect match for a craft beer!

September 19, 2014

2014 Festival Floorplan & Schedule of Events

Plan your garlic feast and your activities with this 2 page Toronto Garlic Festival Floorplan & Schedule of Events Floor Plan & Schedule of Events-2pages      
September 11, 2014

Beau’s Brewery Food & Beer

September 10, 2014

Beer and Food Pairings

Craft beer features a wide range of flavors that are often overlooked. In order to showcase this range, the Festival has worked with cicerones from participating Breweries to create a Beer and Food pairing chart. Below is a list of savory foods that will be served at the festival, along ...
September 5, 2014

New this year at Toronto Garlic Festival: Fresh Cut Locally Grown Flowers

Floralora Flowers is a small, sustainably run flower farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario. They are committed to providing a wide range of enchanting, locally grown flowers and foliage of the freshest quality to bouquet subscribers, market goers, florists and special event planners. At the Toronto Garlic festival they’ll ...
September 5, 2014

Chef Pasquini’s Home Made Garlic Ciabatta Bruschettone

Chef Pasquini from Vertical Restaurant will serve Home Made Garlic Ciabatta Bruschettone, with a traditional Porchetta with “agliata” (garlic confit and Parsley).  A few simple but local ingredients make for a mind-blowing taste sensation. Recommended beer pairing: Beau’s LUG TREAD Lagered Ale.
August 30, 2014

The Secret of Garlic and Desserts

Skeptics of garlic-infused chocolate are always pleasantly surprised when they try festival favorites such as Le Dolci’s Garlic and Chocolate Ice Cream or Dark Chocolate Skulls filled with Black Garlic infused Salted Caramel (aka Lestat Truffles) by Chocolate Artist Laura Slack. The Secret? Use roasted or fermented garlic. And ...
July 27, 2014

The Garlic Harvest is Underway

Ontario farmers have started harvesting this year’s garlic crop. The garlic shown here is a hardneck strain known as Choparsky.
July 1, 2014

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 ...
June 3, 2014

Ontario Garlic?

April 19, 2014

CBC Toronto – Garlic & Cancer. August 7, 2014

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April 11, 2014

Festival Schedule

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April 8, 2014

A comparison of the antimicrobial activity of garlic, ginger, carrot, and turmeric pastes against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in laboratory buffer and ground beef

“…fresh garlic paste showed the strongest antimicrobial activity with complete inactivation of E. coli O157:H7…” Gupta S, Ravishankar S. Source National Center for Food Safety and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Summit-Argo, Illinois 60501, USA. Abstract The antimicrobial effects of garl
April 8, 2014

Garlic Frosted Grapes (from The Official Garlic Lovers Handbook)

Garlic Frosted Grapes (from The Official Garlic Lovers Handbook by Llyod John Harris, 1986) You can also use this recipe with strawberries and cherries. 6 cloves garlic 2 cups granulated sugar 1 egg white 1 pound red seedless grapes, the bigger the better One day ahead, sliver garlic cloves and toss with sugar. Store in ...
April 8, 2014

Coverage 2013

TV Deconstructing Dinner – September 23 , 2013. Garlic Episode. Toronto Garlic Festival featured at 11:20 – 12:33. Chin TV – September 22, 2013. Toronto Garlic Festival chef Anne Sorrenti makes gluten free black garlic chocolate brownies.  Global TV News – S
April 8, 2014

Surprisingly Sweet Garlic Desserts

Surprisingly Sweet Garlic Desserts “Garlic in desserts?” I hear you cry. If you are new to the concept of garlic in sweet meals, this combination may sound like Willy Wonka’s latest creation. However, if you are looking for a new ingredient to add to your after dinner treats; garlic ...
April 4, 2014
Garlic Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

2014 Limited Edition: Black Garlic and Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

In addition to the festival favourite Roast Garlic & Chocolate Garlic ice cream by The Chocolateria, the 2014 Toronto Garlic Festival featured a Special Limited Edition Black Garlic and Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream! Toronto Garlic Festival visitors were surprised how complementary black garlic and coffee flavours are to the tastebuds. The ...
April 3, 2014

Featured Farmers: Soyoung Lee & JP Gural from Samsara Fields

Samsara Fields was conceived by JP Gural and So Young Lee in 2010, after their global research journey from 2008 to 2009. They experienced many issues: poverty, displacement, refugees, the world food crisis, slums, garbage dump communities, poverty, sprawling urbanisation, globalisation and global climate change. From their research, they found organic living to ...
April 2, 2014

Tell Us Your Garlic Story

Do you have a strange, funny, sad or dramatic garlic story? Festival founder Peter McClusky is writing a book about the history of garlic in Toronto and Ontario (for History Press). If you have information or even a short anecdote about garlic please fill out the three minute form here