September 1, 2010

The Popular "Festival that Stinks"

Garlic Festivals occur all over the world. Some have been in business for over 20 years. Some of the larger ones are the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, L'aglio di Voghiera in Ferrara, Italy and the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival at Newchurch in Sandown U.K. There is even a list of the 10 ten garlic festivals in the world and while the North Quabbin Festival does not yet make that list, some local ones such as the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties NY and the Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival in Bennington, Vermont do make the top ten.

Allium Sativum, more commonly known as garlic

Allium Sativum, more commonly known as garlic

Here in Orange Massachusetts, plans are well underway for the 12th annual Garlic and Arts Festival on October 2nd and 3rd. And while this festival in not yet one of the top ten garlic festivals in the world, it is one of the largest festivals of any kind in the North Quabbin area, bringing thousands of visitors into the area for the weekend.

A schedule of events is posted on their website: www.garlicandarts.org, along with their mission statement:

"The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is a celebration of the artistic, agricultural and cultural bounty of the region. The purpose of the festival is to unite North Quabbin people whose livelihoods are connected to the land and the arts, and to invite both local residents and those who do not live in the region to experience the richness of an area that is often overlooked. The festival emphasizes what is homegrown and high quality, as well as what helps preserve and support the environment. The festival is an engaging, fun and educational celebration for all ages."

Plan on coming out to it this October and enjoy a wonderful weekend. Of course there will be lots of yummy food made with garlic, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, lots of local artisans selling wonderful hand made arts and crafts and a variety of live music to enjoy. It's a North Quabbin event not to be missed.

And of course if you're looking for a place to stay, The Inn at Clamber Hill offers both overnight accommodations and fine dining -- complete with many dishes prepared with garlic, such as our wonderful Sicilian Salsa appetizer!

Clamber Hill's Sicilian Salsa

Clamber Hill's Sicilian Salsa, a poplular appetizer made with garlic!

So if you're a garlic lover, either check out one of these great festivals this fall or simply come dine at Clamber Hill!

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