Garlic Lovers’ Delight at the 13th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival

Farmer Chris and "Garlic Queen" Eve, Founders of the LI Garlic Fest and Garden of Eve Organic Farm

Farmer Chris and “Garlic Queen” Eve, Founders of the LI Garlic Fest and Garden of Eve Organic Farm

Are you looking for something to do that doesn’t stink next month? Our suggestion is to try something even better—an event that does, with sharp pungency and delightful bite. Naturally, we’re talking about the 13th annual Long Island Garlic Festival at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market.

Set to take place on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, this rain or shine event is going to be fun for all ages. On the docket will be live music, farm animals, pony and hay rides, fiber arts and—of course—plenty of garlicky foods to enjoy, with over eight varieties represented. Tickets are only $5 per person, with all proceeds benefiting a local environmental charity. Children under six are welcome to attend for free.

Although this year’s schedule is yet to be finalized, if 2015’s program is any indication, visitors and residents of the East End have a good time ahead of them. Last year, the two days included performances from three different bands on the entertainment stage, pony and hay rides, cooking competitions for juniors, and a garlic eating contest for those strong of heart and of stomach. If you want to test your mettle in either of these challenges, registration is now open.

Other featured events last year were a How to Grow Garlic workshop with Biophilia Organic Farm, a Spanish rice tutorial with Tainos Sofrito & Mojo, and Cajun gumbo with the owner of Old Thyme Barbecue, and we’ll bet that we can expect equally interesting topics and demonstrations this September.

With garlic, though, expecting the unexpected is all part of the fun. Garlic jelly, pickled soup, even garlic ice cream have been known to make appearances at this annual celebration, so bring a sense of daring!

You want to know what else you can bring to the party? Your dog! Canine companions on a leash are welcome on the grounds, except for the farm fields and hayride. The organizers only ask that your furry friends stay at least ten feet away from theirs; goats, sheep and chickens call the farm home and need their space. Sample enough, and that might be a pretty good guideline for you, too! But we don’t mind—garlic breath is a small price to pay for inventive renditions of one of fall’s most delicious ingredients.

Keep an eye out for schedule updates, but be sure to mark your calendars now! The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. on both days