|A booth of one of the many growers at the Garlic Festival|
there were definitely no vampires lurking around saugerties this weekend as a local club held its annual celebration of all things garlic/garlicky. some of my friends and i make this trip every year (and it’s quite a drive, about 2 hours each way); we’re such regulars that the pesto folks actually look us (they should; we buy a ton from them). this year, my friend K rented a minivan to fit everybody comfortably (6 of us), bearing in mind the loot we’re planning to bring home.
this is no ordinary festival, my friend. it’s got hundreds of vendors (you can only participate if you sell something that has garlic in it), musical acts, lecturers, garlic growers, etc. it features weird concoctions such as chocolate-covered garlic truffles and garlic ice cream (i like the roasted garlic variety). it takes an entire day to see (and taste) everything. there’s a lot of sampling involved, although since we’re veterans of the festival we already have lists of “musts” (garlic lover’s pesto from linabella farms, swiss & almond cheese spread from country pride, vodka sauce from grandpa pete’s and jalapeno raspberry jam from naples valley brand). there used to be this cheesemaker that made really good garlic cheddar but after a couple of years, they never came back 😦
it’s also a great day to catch up with friends … everybody is soooo busy these days but this is one of the events we all really plan for (in fact, there’s talk of possibly making an entire weekend out of it next year).
|as long you don’t open it, the pesto keeps for a while|