Second Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival this Sunday, but beer and wine start flowing Saturday

From left, at the upcoming Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival venue: MiSun Kim-Hunter, Jade Thompson, Brenda Norman, Kimberley Cameron, Kathleen Morin, Erynn Blackadder Doherty. The group includes artists participating in the "Art in Motion" display debuting at this year's festival. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL — Garlic producers and locavores will gather at Cornwall’s Lamoureux Park this Sunday (Aug. 28) for the second annual Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival (EOGF).

Showcasing everything local, the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. event will feature over 100 vendors, including garlic growers, farmers, beer and wine producers, artisans, artists and musicians, and many community organizations and partnering businesses, say organizers in a press release. Workshops, musical talent, art and free children’s activities are also featured.

An “all local” beer and wine garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the festival, but the suds will also flow a day earlier, 5 to 11 p.m tomorrow (Saturday).

The festival is produced by Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects (KCEP), a not-­for-­profit organization advocating for and creating projects related to agri­food. As a core partner of the All Things Food Network, KCEP aims to increase awareness and support for the diverse agri­-food system and resources available in the area.

“We want to think and act on what it means to shop and eat locally,” stated KCEP’s Brenda Norman.  “What better way is there to do this than to give people the chance to network with their farmers, artists and so on to give us direct access to their wares, services, and resources all in one place.”

As for the alcoholic beverages, visitors to the Seaway setting will enjoy product from Rurban Brewing (Cornwall’s newest brewery), Beaus’s All Natural Brewing Co., Strathmore Winery, and Smokie Ridge Vineyards.

Musical talent and artists from Your Arts Council, Focus Art and the French Cultural Centre will be on site to entertain.

An “art in motion” display will serve as a featured attraction with lasting impact. “Twelve artists will be in motion, rotating every twelve minutes, over twelve canvases, twelve words reflecting meaning behind helping things grow,” explained Kim Cameron, KCEP Art Director. “The idea is that these pieces will become a collection of art that will be exhibited throughout the community”

Event sponsors include Homestead Organics, the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the Eastern Ontario Agri­food Network, and the City of Cornwall.

Deborah Stone a member of the EOGF planning team and co-­owner of Landscape Pro, another sponsor, explained that “being part of the community means getting involved, the opportunity to contribute to this event as residents and a business has been meaningful to us.”

Also supporting the event through partnerships are many community business and organizations. Among many others are Transition Cornwall+ — who will be offering a bike valet service

and children’s activities —  Pommier Jewellers — who created garlic charm as a fundraiser for KCEP — Rhoice Marketing & Events, the Priest’s Mall Art Works, Remax,The Brick, Tartan,Trottiers Farm Equipment, Marlin Orchards & Gardens Centre, Cornwall and the County Tourism, and The Terrace Green B&B.  

“So many businesses and individuals have stepped up to the plate by offering their area of expertise or skill to help us bring this festival to the community, and we are ever grateful. It is really quite remarkable to see what has grown out of this idea to showcase everything local,” said Norman.

See www.kozroots.com.

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