Every September the Toronto Garlic Festival attracts more than 4,000 visitors for the annual celebration of Ontario’s garlic harvest. While stocking up on rare and heirloom garlic from our farmers, visitors taste delicious garlic-themed dishes prepared by chefs and paired with Ontario spirits and garlic beer. Other activities include fascinating presentations on the history of garlic, its health benefits and cultural secrets , the Garlic Breath Contest, film screenings, virtual reality farm tours and cooking demos – all enjoyed to a backdrop of live music. Past musicians include: Carl Dixon (April Wine, Coney Hatch, The Guess Who), Bill King, Donald Quan, Astroturf, The Adriaanse/Stanley Duo. For 2017, Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the 7th annual Toronto Garlic Festival will feature a full days line-up of Canadian artists, recreating some of the unique music of our diverse nation. Listen throughout the day for 45min sets of storytelling and throat singing, First Nation, African and Persian Drumming. Buffy Sainte-Marie, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell covers and a special 60min DJ set. Featured artists and musicians will be announced as booked.


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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
Garlic Breath Contest
Music Stage
Speaker's Corner: Garlic Art Workshop (4:00 to 4:45pm)
Speakers' Corner: Garlic Taste and Temperance in the City of York, 19thC. (12:00-12:25)
Speakers' Corner: Sarah Hargreaves Spills the Dirt on Garlic (10:00-10:25)
Speakers’ Corner: Farmer David Cohlmeyer & Chef Justin Cournoyer Spill More Dirt on Garlic (14:00-14:25)
Speakers’ Corner: Johl Ringuette Discusses Wild Garlic from the POV of The First Nations and European Explorers (11:00-11:25)