Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival set for Aug. 27 at NAV Centre

The NAV Centre in Cornwall, pictured earlier this year. The venue is hosting this year’s Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Preceded by Saturday night ‘150th Bash’

CORNWALL —- For its third annual celebration showcasing everything local, Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects (KCEP) has found a new home for the 2017 Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival (EOGF) — at the NAV Centre later this month.

“With this move to such an outstanding venue we are excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at the NAV Centre to bring the public an event not to be missed.” explained Vice President and Communications officer of KCEP, Sylvie Paquette. “It really is a perfect match; they really have our community’s best interest at heart, and we could not be more grateful for the invitation to produce the EOGF here.”

The Festival, which runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, will be preceded this year by a “150th Bash” on the Saturday evening.

As a local, grassroots, not-for-profit organization, KCEP has at the heart of all its initiatives and projects the goal of supporting the local community with agri-food, and the EOGF is no exception. Celebrating 150 years of Canada’s Confederation, the EOGF will feature vendors and exhibitors, strictly limited to those supporting the local community or showcasing produce and products grown or created in the region.

While the event has garnered a lot of attention over the last three years for providing family-friendly activities and workshops, art, as well as plenty of garlic and local food, each year boasts some new developments for 2017. Among them is the Saturday night sesquicentennial bash, Aug. 26, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Jet Set Pub. That precursor event will feature local prepared food vendors, a special local food menu at the pub, and drinks including Strathmore Orchard Wines and other local brews, music and dancing, and headlining artists from the region performing only Canadian music (both covers and originals). The weekend will also see: a back-to-school and -work fashion show produced by the The Agape Centre, Baldwin House and Salvation Army on Sunday; children’s organized by The Early Learning Centre and Big Brothers & Sisters; a corn roast hosted by United Way/Centraid and McCrae’s Farms on both Saturday night and Sunday; and a petting zoo from Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo.

“The community support to bring this event to life really is a reflection of how we are all outstanding in our fields, and that by everyone giving a little we get a whole lot of festival that showcases all the incredible assets we have access to all around us,” said Brenda Norman, KCEP president.

Norman revealed that Pommier Jewellers, through its agri-food charm collection, has been helping the organization create charms specific to the event. A garlic and carrot are already cast, with designs for an apple and a maple syrup bucket yet to come.

She also highlighted the support of Chartwell Retirement Residence, a main sponsor and host of Festival seniors’ activities as well as a High Tea being served through the day, promising “yet another great time for all.”

Said Kim Coe-Turner, General Manager of the NAV Centre: “We are excited to be hosting this event with KCEP at The NAV Centre and look forward to making this year’s Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival yet another great success. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate how the NAV Centre can facilitate a wide range of activity from conferences to festivals and more.”

The Centre will offer tours of the facility to Festival patrons on Sunday. Special rates are available to visitors who may want to make a weekend of it, according to organizers, just by saying they’re with the EOGF when calling reservations at 1-866-243-9193.  Also see www.navcentre.ca.



KCEP President Brenda Norman announces Vanderlaand The Barnyard Zoo’s participation at the upcoming festival in the Facebook live video below.

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