Celebrating 22 years of the Hardneck Garlic harvest. The Pocono Garlic Festival will once again fill the Poconos with the aroma of garlicky goodness over Labor Day weekend.
Over 60 food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery Pocono Garlic Festival at Shawnee Mountain Ski Areaand paintings. A showcase of local musical talent on 2 stages; including the Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society stage,
educational demonstrations, 4th Annual Garlic Eating Contest and plenty of children’s activities make this a great family event!
Peters Valley School of Craft will hold live woodworking, blacksmith, ceramic and pottery demos under the artisan tent.
Join us for a weekend of family fun & entertainment in the Pocono Mountains!
Our farmers take pride in providing our patrons with the freshest locally grown garlic and produce. Eat local, eat fresh!
Rolling Hills Farms - Saylorsburg, PA
The original-garlic vinegar. A blend of fresh garlic, wholesome apple cider vinegar, and a hint of dark brown sugar. Aged in barrels, their garlic vinegar will make you happy!
Mountaindale Farm - Minisink Hills, PA
Several generations of locally grown organic garlic farmed-in the Poconos Organic garlic, hand made garlic-braids, seed for organic garlic, homemade garlic cookies and fresh in-season produce serving the community for over a hundred years!
Knob View Farm - Cherry Valley, PA
Organic garlic grown in the Poconos, gourmet garlic sea salts, assorted herbs, fresh in-season produce and farm t-shirt.
Ebb & Flow Farm - Lakewood, PA
Their main focus is Garlic, we sell high quality seed garlic as well as table garlic, German Red and White. Their farm practices include Organic & Biodynamic farming. They intensively farm 3.5 acres of land growing all varieties of vegetables and specialize in garlic production.
Josie Porter Farm - Cherry Valley, PA
A local community farm and buying club: Biodynamically (beyond organic) grown garlic for the kitchen or for planting, garlic starter kits,seasonal produce, garlic greeting cards and garlic cheddar cheese.
Mapleland Farm - Salem, NY
We create our award-winning maple syrup, cream, sugar, and other quality maple products on our five-generation family farm in eastern New York State – a place where the climate, soil, and forest have come together to produce remarkable maple syrup.
NEW! Creekside Garlic Farm - Waterport, NY
They source unique varieties of garlic to provide their customers with the most flavorful bulbs around. Assorted heirloom garlic - german red, chestnut, russian, transylvania and more.
Apple Ridge Farms - Salyorsburg PA
Our moto is "sustainability through diversity" and our goal is to become the worlds most productive 7 acre chemical free farm by mimicking the diverse sustainable systems found in nature.
NEW! Food Fest -
Garlic chicken on a stick, fried garlic, fried vegetarian Ramen noodles, vegetarian egg rolls.
Ducky’s Sno Shaved Ice -
Shaved ice with a wide array of flavors, including garlic!
Papa’s Kettle Korn -
Sweet and salty kettle popped corn - with and without garlic.
OLIZ Catering -
Pork hocks with garlic potato, garlic cheese pirogues, chicken, garlic kielbasa, garlic potato pancakes, grill garlic kielbasa.
Roasted Sweet Corn -
The sweetest summer corn roasted on-site and smothered with fresh garlic butter.
Tim's Smoked Products -
Garlic and pineapple stuffed roasted pig with our own home made rub. Pulled and served on site. Along with our own garlic pork BBQ simmered in or signature BBQ sauce with homemade cole slaw served on a fresh hard roll.
Texas Smoke House Barbeque -
Great garlic barbecue meats including slow cooked beef brisket and half rack rib platters.
Sherri’s Fun Foods -
The freshest handmade garlic infused crab cakes sandwiches.
Stella Jeanne's -
Garlic cheese curds, chicken fingers w/garlic dip, sweet potato fries, tornado potato with garlic seasoning, deep fried garlic Oreos!
Sycamore Grille -
Sycamore's famous roasted garlic crab cakes, garlic drenched fries, roasted garlic and cheese risotto croquettes, garlic and parmesan & garlic wings, sausage and chicken soup.
Shawnee Mountain -
Foot long hot dogs with garlic chili sauce & fresh hot pretzels with garlic mustard.
Big E's -
Garlic infused funnel cakes, smoothies and blooming onion.
Bull & Bear Greek Food -
Garlic inspired Mediterranean selections that include garlic laced spanakopita, gyros, grape leaves including garlic laced lamb & beef gyros.
The Sugared Bistro -
Our European-American Fused Baguettes are foot-long and are jammed packed with an extensive array of super-fresh and natural ingredients and our menu is quite unique as it caters to garlic lovers, vegetarians, children, meat lovers and of course the Nutella fanatics as we even offer a sweet option!
CROWD FAVORITE! B & B's Ice Cream -
B & B is offering desserts including baklava and much more. A festival favorite is there GARLIC Ice Cream; New this year is flavors like bacon and jalapeño to try.
Kath's Catering -
Garlic mashed potatoes, bacon mac & cheese and sausage and peppers.
Sumac Catering & Events -
Garlic chicken wraps and garlic hummus.
SPECIALTY FOOD VENDORS
CROWD FAVORITE! Simply Ghee -
It’s the healthier form of butter...featuring a black garlic ghee, simply amazing!
Awesome Specialty Foods -
Garlic potato soup, garlic herb dips. rubs and more.
Aunt Jan's Salsa -
Garlic Loaded Salsa as well as 12 varieties of salsas that all have been touched with a hint of garlic.
Classy Crocks & Dips -
Homemade crocks and dips to stock up your pantry as well as crocks to hold them.
CRWOD FAVORITE! The Pickle Guys -
Everything imaginable pickled; mushrooms, garlic, hot peppers, giardiniera and of course pickles.
Green Kamikozees -
The best homemade all natural pickled hot green garlic tomatoes, pickled bologna and pickled garlic.
No Bones Pet Bakery -
Take home handmade baked specialty canine treats for the one you love!
TC's Speciality Foods-
A huge selection of cooking sauces, marinades and hot sauces.
Palatine Cheese -
Mohawk Valley's one only cheddar cheese and flavored cheddar cheese plant offering eight different garlic flavor cheese curds and spreads.
Swarmbustin' Honey -
Besides Pure and Raw honey, we also offer other Honey Bee related products, such as Fresh Bee Pollen, Mountain Crèmed honey, Flavored Honey, Propolis, Royal Jelly, 100% Beeswax & Beeswax Candles, Honey Vinegar, and a variety of Swarmbustin’ Honey novelties.
MacDonald Farms -
Organically grown naturally fermented probiotic Sauerkraut, Kim chi, pickles.
Torchbearer Sauces -
A full line of unique one of kind specialty sauces including "Oh My, GARLIC Sauce".
Tortured Orchard -
Seasoning Sauces "a spirited rebellion of flavors" offers a line of all natural, diabetic friendly, gluten free, vegan/vegetarian condiments featuring at the festival their Garlic Balsamic Drizzle!
NEW! Relish This -
RelishThis is a small business located outside of Gettysburg, PA this locally produce zucchini relish that has several varieties; including regular, garlic, hot and hot hot!
ARTISTS & CRAFTERS
Word Of Mouth - Earwraps -
Louis DeVery is a jewelry artist who has been designing handcrafted, non-pierced earwraps and cuffs since 1982. She has won multiple awards for her jewelry, originality, booth & costume designs.
Kitchen Chemisty -
Interactive soap making demos. Make soap infused with garlic.
Mud, Sweat & Tears -
Local pottery with decorated earthenware, throw plates, dishes and bowls and hand-build jugs, clocks and vases all colorful, decorative, commemorative and functional ware.
Nature Crafts & Festival ReGlass -
Handcrafted wooden toys, rain sticks and stained glass jewelry.
Superior American Design -
Rose-Ellen LaRosa, noted-artist and geologist, is transforming US and world antiquities into a one-of-a-kind jewelry collection that celebrates the history or this world. Discovered locally in the Poconos, the first types of land plants and ancestors of garlic from 300 Million BC are available as pendants. Also on hand are the two thousand year old coins of every ancient society that discovered the many uses of garlic including ancient Ireland, Germany, Rome, Greece, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Persia, Armenia, France, England, Wales, Scotland, etc. These documented originals form a family heirloom jewelry collection, Made In America.
Master metalworker & handcrafted jewelry designed with an array of brass and copper necklaces, earrings, broaches and beautiful wall pieces.
Potente Magnetic Jewelry -
Well thought out holistic jewelry that is hand crafted and aesthetically pleasing with heath benefits with their magnetic properties.
Artist at Heart - Featuring live demos
A wide variety of quality handmade products, including fine jewelry, beautiful pottery and woodwork.
Wander Wheel Studio -
Jone Bush is a professional craftswoman who creates handmade pottery.
Barley Rose Bodycare -
A full line of hand crafted handmade speciality soaps, lotions and personal care products made with love and some with garlic!
Ebb & Flow -
Land J Crafts -
Local quilter that specializes in custom made sewn gifts and one of a kind handemade quilts.
Peters Valley School of Craft - Artisan Demonstration Tent -
Peters Valley School of Craft exists in partnership with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Layton, NJ. They are one of the premier craft schools in the country. A full tent is dedicated to the students giving live demos of their skills, including woodworking, pottery, ceramics and more!
NON-STOP LIVE MUSIC
The Lost Ramblers - Performing Saturday & Sunday
The Lost Ramblers specialize in authentic Appalachian acoustic sounds, and their performances run the gamut from bluegrass and gospel, to swing, Irish, and favorite old-timey music. The Lost Ramblers have been performing regionally and nationally for over twenty years.
Juggernaut String Band - Performing Saturday & Sunday
Uncle Pete Tawny and Juggernaut run on a high octane blend of classic rock, bluegrass and Mardi Gras party tunes seasoned with Pete's originals which they call ROCKFOLK.
The Pfeiffer Twins - Performing Saturday & Sunday
The Pfeiffer Twins are identical twin sisters, Carrie and Lindsay Pfeiffer. The Twins began singing at the age of four, songwriting at nine, and joined the folk/bluegrass band Still River Band in 2002 at the ages of eighteen. Carrie provided fiddle and soprano harmonies, while Lindsay sang alto harmonies, played hand percussion, and added two original songs to the band's second record.
La Cuchina - Performing Saturday & Sunday
La Cuchina “makes people want to dance to jazz again” and “if you can’t dance to La Cuchina, you should see a doctor.” With its infectious dance, smooth jazz and latin grooves that support great jazz playing on top, La Cuchina will make you get up out of your chair and yell, “La Cuchina!”
Louie Setzer & the Appalachian Mountain Boys - Performing Saturday & Sunday
Hard Drivin' Honky-Tonk style Traditional Bluegrass. Patuxent Records recording artist, Louie Setzer known as the “Duke of Bluegrass” , is a “True Bluegrass Legend” who has been performing for over 45 years. Known as “The Man with Titanium Tonsils”, Louie is a premier vocalist with a unique vocal styling, heavily influenced by first generation masters Jimmy Martin and Mac Wiseman. Louie breathes new life into tunes old & new in a way that sets him apart from the rest. With his band, The Appalachian Mt Boys, Louie combines Traditional Bluegrass, Country & Gospel music with a sound all their own. Blending 4 part harmony, driving Banjo, country fiddle, Monroe-style mandolin, walking Bass, added to Louie’s dynamic lead vocals & driving guitar playing, The Appalachian Mt. Boys sound can best be described as Hard- Drivin’ Honky-Tonk giving their audiences, a High Energy show that will be hard to forget.
EDUCATION TENT & ENTERTAINMENT
Peters Valley School of Craft Artisan Demonstration Tent -
Featuring live demonstrations from local artists in residence at the Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ. Watch demos in wood turning, pottery, blacksmithing and ceramics.
Vermicomposting: 101 - Pat Zeman, Penn State Master Gardener
Learn what vermicomposting is and the benefits to the gardener. Worm castings rival purchased fertilizer and are a natural way to add soil amendments to your soil, while at the same time reducing additional material to the local landfill. Learn how to set up a worm bin, how and what to feed your worms, and how to harvest the finished vermicompost. Vermicompost has the amazing ability to make your garden the envy of all your neighbors. Saturday only.
Cooking Demos with Chef Dan Rothman -
A thirty year veteran of the restaurant industry, Chef Dan Rothman will give two cooking demos. The first demo will be Garlic 101 and the second is show off some tricks of the trade while cooking up mouth watering garlic recipes.
will give two informative lectures on “Growing Your Own Garlic” and “Garlic History, General Health and Cooking Issues”.
Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
will be here to show off local wildlife in this one of a kind education experience.
Darryl and Jackie Speicher
of the Pocono Avian Research Center will be on hand to discuss the benefits of sharing our yards with wildlife on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. They will have examples of the types of native plants we can grow that help recreate native habitats, while providing therapeutic benefits to the human inhabitants of the property as well.
GARLIC EATING CONTEST
Garlic Eating Contest Release
The first ten (10) entrants each day will be guarantee a spot in the contest. So sign up early at the Information Booth to ensure your place in the most pungent and prestigious contest in the Poconos.
Sign-up is no later than 1:30 pm each day.
Must be 18 years of age or older, provide a valid form of identification and sign a release form to be eligible to participate. Complete rules of the contest will be provided to those that are accepted for the contest.
Contest will be held each day promptly at 2:30 p.m. under the Main Tent.
1st and 2nd place prizes will be awarded each day to those that eat the most garlic within 1 minute.
Prizes include: Garlic Eating Trophy, Complimentary Ski Passes to Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Garlic Goodies and a Festival T-Shirt. Saturday’s winner will be provided 2 passes to Sunday’s Pocono Garlic Festival should they decide to defend their Garlic Eating Title during Sunday’s contest.
The Garlic Eating Contest winner upon completion of the contest will be invited to lead the “Garlic Processional Parade” as the “King” or “Queen” of the festival to oversee and rule the Pocono Garlic Kingdom!
Questions? Email PoconoGarlic@gmail.com
- Farm Animal Petting Zoo
- The Pie Man
- Aardvark Entertainment Juggling Shows & Face Painting
- Magic Shows with Wizard Magician Stephen Christopher
- Water Balloon Toss