Summer is here and local garlic growers are predicting a great harvest. This is in anticipation of the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Pocono Garlic Festival. The annual pilgrimage of garlic fest lovers is held on Labor Day Weekend, August 30 & 31 2014, coinciding with the regional hardneck garlic harvest. The festival is held on the grounds of Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and gates open daily at 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Many imaginative culinary garlic dishes have been developed through the festival over the years that have became a favorite to returning festival goers, including garlic ice cream, garlic shaved ice, on site freshly prepared garlic whole roasted pig, garlic crepes, roasted garlic cheese pierogies, garlic pickles , garlic crab cakes and even garlic chocolate chip cookies.
Proud to be known as the “stinkiest” festival for two decades, the event attracts thousands of garlic breathing diners seeking Food laced with garlic. Each year the Pocono Garlic Festival makes sure that it delivers the best possible selection of garlic and garlic related vendors. The gastronomic garlic extravaganza is what attendees expect and for their 20th anniversary the venue will host over sixty vendors selling one of a kind garlic laced prepared foods, art, regional garlic to buy, growing seminars, cooking demonstrations and our popular garlic eating contest and newly added Garlic CHOPPED Cooking Competition.
“Planning for the 20th Anniversary started in 2013, as the festival committee wants this year to be special. Some of the entertainment line-up has changed and they have added some great surprises for true garlic lovers. I can reveal that one of the big name entertainment acts that has been added to the roster includes Christen Porter from “the Voice.”The Garlic Festival is f
un for all ages and performers from far and near come to the festival. The grounds are filled with magicians, jugglers and strolling musicians through out the day. Every day is a continuous jamboree of garlicky entertainment, which is included with the cost of admission and held on four stages
Admission: Advance Two Day Pass $13 / $7.50 One Day
Adult General Admission at gate $ 10.00
Children (ages 5-12) at gate $ 7.50 (under 4 free)
Contests: Ticket Giveaway; on FB page there is a bi- weekly ticket giveaway
Garlic Eating Contest; Each day of the festival ten garlic lovers will attempt to be the PGF 2014 King &/or Queen.
GARLIC CHOPPED Cooking Contest; Sunday four local CHEFS will attempt to make creative garlic dishes with a mystery bag that ingredients are from the farmers at the festival. Only one can survive
Philanthropy; Supporting the local community, PGF each year donates all water sales to the Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg. In 2013 the festival donated $900, to date they have raised over $4000 in funds for the non-profit.