From September 8th, 2018 to September 9th, 2018

Food

Stratford Rotary Complex

353 McCarthy Rd
Stratford

Sun, $10/A/SR/ST/Per day, Children 12&Under/Free, $15 for 2-day pass, On-Site Tickets 2 for $10 after 2:30 p.m. each day, stratfordgarlicfestival.com | Dan Needles, noted author and humorist, will be speaking at the Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival on Saturday, September 8th . Dan’s popular Wingfield Farm stage plays, portraying a city guy learning the rigors of farming in rural Ontario, have filled theatres across Canada and the United States. His Stratford talk will focus on his latest book, True Confessions from the Ninth Concession, a collection of his Harrowsmith magazine columns. The Presentation Stage will also feature several cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs and information sessions for the garlic grower and gardener, and live entertainment. The Ontario Garlic producers are the inspiration of and main attraction of the Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival. Garlic growers from all over Ontario, with many, including co-founder, Warren Ham of August’s Harvest returning for their 12 th consecutive year. There is also a strong contingent of Ontario Artisans offering a wide variety of unique and hand-make items in our Market Place. In 2017 Festival organizers expanded their mandate to include artisanal cheese producers and wine/beer/spirits makers. Again this year, wine, beer and spirit vendors will be offering samples of their products for an additional cost. They will also be partnering with cheese makers to offer exclusive tasting & pairing presentations. To maintain the integrity of the Festival, and demonstrate that cheese, wine, beer, and spirits compliment garlic beautifully, each session will feature at least one garlic product. The Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival was founded in 2007 as a cooperative effort between the Kiwanis Club of Stratford and local garlic growers to promote Ontario garlic which was struggling to gain a foothold in the Canadian market that was dominated by cheap imported garlic from China. The members of the Kiwanis Club of Stratford recognized an opportunity to merge service to the community, fun and fund raising and supported the idea wholeheartedly.

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