Greetings, readers! I’d like to ask you one question: Are you a garlic fan? If you answered in the affirmative, you’ll definitely be interested in today’s post! On Sunday my friends and I went to the annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties, NY. We weren’t sure what to expect, since we’d never been, but I had heard that it was a pretty big event- and oh my lord, it was.
There were tons of farms represented, all with tantalizing displays of garlic. After them were the food vendors, hailing from not just the Hudson Valley but Massachusetts, Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It was hard to know what or who to pay attention to: when we first got there, the crowds were unbelievably thick (some friends had to walk 1/2 a mile to the entrance from where they parked their car!), and it was easy to feel overwhelmed and overstimulated. Somehow, though, we forged on through!
As usual when at a fair or festival, it wasn’t easy to suss out the quality food compared to the typical “fair grub”. Plenty of it was overly fried, overly sauced, and definitely not vegetarian:
This is the sign that I would like to see at all eating establishments, effective immediately:
My friends and I wandered around, keeping an eye on the superdark clouds
and spotting some strange characters:
Eventually, the thunderstorm did come, but it didn’t ruin the afternoon– we were treated to some (far off) epic lightning bolts, crazy spiral clouds, thinning crowds (yes!), and gorgeous sunlight when the rain stopped. See? Good things do come to those who wait 🙂
Sigh. Isn’t garlic wonderful? Roasted (as I did for my pizza last night), crushed (as I do for quesadillas), teas (for the sniffles!), smashed and spread on toast, with pasta, in salads, sandwiches, whatever your heart desires! The best part is, despite giving you horrible breath, there are wonderful health benefits to eating garlic. What are you waiting for? Go, add garlic to whatever you’re eating or drinking right now! (Okay, I admit, I wouldn’t add it to coffee)
- Spacey Tracy’s Gourmet Pickles, based in New York’s Hudson Valley region
- Casa del Caciocavallo Inc Artisan Cheeses on Facebook
- Foods that help ward off garlic breath
- NY Times article on health benefits of garlic
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good. –Alice May Brock