OralChroma's machine scientifically determines who has the stinkiest garlic breath.

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 three crucial garlic elements — Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S), Methanethiol, and Dimethyl Sulphide.  Prizes are awarded to the contestants with the highest reading of H2S (that is, with the strongest garlic breath).

2017 Garlic Breath Winner

Helen A.  Reading of 288 parts per billion of Hydrogen Sulphide.

Helen wins two tickets to see An Evening with David Sedaris at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; A signed copy of Ontario Garlic: The Story from Farm to Festival, by Peter McClusky; a bakers dozen of Ontario garlic bulbs; and an Official Festival Souvenir Apron.

2016 Garlic Breath Contest Winner

Alison Foo. Reading of 457 ppb.

 

 


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360° Virtual Farm Tour (all day)
Festival Theatre: Dance Me Outside
Festival Theatre: Freedom Family - Don Francks & Family Documentary
Festival Theatre: Symphony of the Soil
Free Garlic Shot Station
Free Posture Assessment by Rosedale Wellness Centre (All Day Booth 58)
Garlic Breath Contest
Music Stage: A Klezmer Shmorgasbord (1:15-2:00pm)
Music Stage: Chief LaForme (9:00 - 9:15)
Music Stage: DJ Bliss (4:15 – 5:00pm)
Music Stage: Glen Hornblast (3:15-4:00pm)
Music Stage: Lucio Raggiunti (12:15-1:00pm)
Music Stage: Paula Wolfson & Chris Dunn (2:15-3:00pm)
Music Stage: Spirit Wind (9:15 - 10:00am)
Music Stage: Vandana Vishwas (11:15-12:00pm)
Music Stage: Waleed Abdulahmid (10:15 - 11:00am)
Speaker's Corner: Garlic Art Workshop (4:15 to 4:45pm)
Speakers' Corner: Sarah Hargreaves Spills the Dirt on Garlic (2:00-2:25)
Speakers' Corner: The Garlic Diaries: Suzanne Barr on Appreciating Garlic In All Aspects of Life (12:00-12:25pm)
Speakers' Corner: The Garlic Diaries: Farmer Shawn Stevens Shares Secrets and Confessions on Growing Garlic (10:00-10:25am)
Speakers’ Corner: Farmer David Cohlmeyer & Chef Justin Cournoyer Spill More Dirt on Garlic (3:00-3:25)
Speakers’ Corner: First Nations Cuisine 15,000 - Chef Rich Francis (1:00-1:25PM)
Speakers’ Corner: Johl Ringuette Discusses Wild Garlic from the POV of The First Nations and European Explorers (11:00-11:25)