CORNWALL — The 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Garlic Festival produced by Kozroots Community Empowerment Projects (KCEP) — in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Agri-food Network — takes place today (Sunday, Sept. 29) at Marlin Orchards and Garden Centre.
“Marlin Orchards and Garden Centre is excited to be hosting the garlic festival showcasing garlic, artisans and local community groups. We have sponsored the decor with our plants at the event each year in the past, but have not been able to attend, so it is great that it is taking place on our grounds and we can participate,” said Diane Lunan who leads the family run business at 6864 Orchard Rd. in the Township of South Glengarry.
Free of admission — though donations are appreciated — the event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Located an hour and a half from both Montreal and Ottawa, Marlin Orchards and Garden Centre has been a fixture in the region for over 50 years. The family-owned destination spot offers locals and tourists original gifts, Marlin’s brands of honey and pickles, apples, high quality plants, gardening expertise, and their famous hot apple donut.
“It is a place to be on any day, and we invite you to come to Marlin’s as we celebrate garlic, artisans, and community groups,” said Brenda Norman, founder, and Community Projects Officer of KCEP. You can also enjoy the Apples and Arts Studio Tours going on throughout the region, and the opening weekend of the Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village.
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, agri-food and, of course, garlic in all forms. From pickled to powder, black garlic to whole bulbs, and seed and garlic scape products, you will find garlic galore.
There will be something for everyone on scene today. Baldwin House will be selling tickets to their Heart of Fashion event coming up on Oct. 17th. Also set to promote their services at the event are: Habitat for Humanity, SASS, Canada Home Stay Network, and Warm Up Cornwall, who will be accepting snow suits and winter wear donations on location. Bonville Garden, one of the producing partners, will offer workshops for beginners and expert gardeners. Other vendors will also facilitate activity at their booths throughout the day.
In addition, this year #eogarlicfest will feature tasty food prepared by Thai Khmer Cuisine using local produce and garlic, and an assortment of beverages. Along with all the garlic there will be a community art collaboration, and all sorts the apples and fall plants in the garden centre.