FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2016
Best lil’ festival you will ever experience locally with garlic gastronomic extravagance!
SHAWNEE ON DELAWARE, PA - Pocono garlic farmers need a whole weekend to celebrate the harvest of the beautiful culinary must have, GARLIC! Hosted at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area Labor Day Weekend; September 3rd & 4th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Pocono Garlic Festival is the best lil’ festival you will ever experience with garlic gastronomic extravagance. “Its’ humble beginnings in 1994 of four creative garlic farmers started in the back of a church parking lot in Stroudsburg, PA has pave a pilgrimage for garlic enthusiasts of all kinds annually. Now in its twenty second year, the Pocono Garlic Festival attracts an attendance of over ten thousand garlic loving guests and hosts over sixty assorted vendors that sell one of a kind garlic infused foods, garlic themed art, fresh garlic to buy, garlic growing seminars, garlic cooking demonstrations garlic eating contest, garlic chopped cooking competition and of course local regional garlic family farmers.” Explained PGF and Brookside Gardens Farmer Carl Andrews
What makes this the best lil’ food festival in N.E.PA? “Well, the locally grown hard neck garlic of course which can only found here in the North East! In addition to all the food vendors that serve unique garlic dishes. The festival committee takes pride that no two are alike, with several dozen garlic stations that are enough to make anyone’s mouth salivate.” Stated PGF Chef Dan Rothman. For those who are returning to the festival there are always some new additions and the festival favorites including of garlic ice cream, freshly prepared garlic pickles, garlic chowder, garlic pretzels, garlic pickled tomatoes, garlic infused veggie burgers, garlic roasted corn and even garlic cup cakes! “Don’t worry, though, there is enough of the tried and true garlic foods for the less adventurous eater. To compare all the garlic dishes you will taste at the festival you may need to take a trip around the world, but here at the Pocono Garlic Festival a great array of seasoned culinary professionals prepare the garlicky best. All in one location including Italian foods, Mexican foods, Polish foods, Mediterranean foods and Southwestern Plus there are many American standards as well as a few garlicky surprises with two onsite barbeque that includes a whole garlic laced roasted pig.” Continued, Rothman
No other venue in the area offers four platforms of continuous entertainment, included with the cost of admission, all day long for the whole weekend. Some returning favorites include Juggernaut String Band as well as performers featured from the Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Music Society. Fun for all ages, performers from far and near come to amuse the festivalgoers, magicians, jugglers and strolling musicians and a children’s activity area. Hands on amusement can be had at the petting zoo or learn more about the wild animals from the Pocono Wildlife Rehab Center under the educational tent. PWRC director, Kathy Uhler, hosts an hour discussion of fun furry facts with some wild natives guests. Not forgetting what the festival is about Chef Dan Rothman of Slow Food Pocono Mountains Chapter will be giving a cooking tutorial with garlic 101 and hosting the third annual cooking competition garlic chopped. If you didn’t get enough of the stinking rose, speakers and garlic farmer Bob Dunkel and others, will both give daily informative lectures on growing garlic, garlic history and garlic health benefits.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of mints for the festival will feature at noon each day the daily Pocono Garlic-eating Contest. Hosted under the “Big Tent” twenty entries will have a minute to consume the most raw chopped garlic cloves. A panel of judges will determine the winner that will be crowned the robust breathed contest King/Queen of the 2016 Pocono Garlic Festival.
Continuing the tradition of supporting the local community, each year the Pocono Garlic Festival donates all the festival water sales to the Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg. In 2015 the festival donated $500 and to date have raised over $4500 in funds for the non-profit. If you would like more information regarding the festival or schedule an interview, please call;
Sharon Rothman 570.856.1429 or email Pocono@gmail.com