A pungent weekend in Easton

October 8, 2013 by  

Vampires were not welcome in Easton last weekend, as the city held its sixth annual Garlic Fest. The two-day festival took place in the city’s downtown area, and large crowds of people gathered to celebrate the fragrant bulb.

On Saturday at 3:00 pm, the truly brave had the opportunity to taste-test raw garlic cloves offered by area farmers. A taste test more suited to mild fans of garlic took place earlier in the day, when local restaurants each offered up a garlic infused dish for people to try.

The highlight of Garlic Fest on Sunday October 6 was the mayoral cook-off. Easton’s mayor, Sal Panto, teamed up with Chef Abe Lopez from Valenca on Centre Square to compete against the mayors from Allentown and Bethlehem, as well as two chefs from the neighboring towns. The goal of the contest was to see which town produced by the best tasting garlic dish.

Poster printing is a large part of Garlic Fest’s advertising; each year, the festival holds a contest for local graphic designers. Designers submit an 11 by 17 inch poster design, and the best idea is used to promote the following year’s festival. The contest opened during the 2013 Garlic Fest and will close in the spring of next year.

Other highlights of the weekend festival included a dessert contest featuring garlic, beer tastings on both Saturday and Sunday, and cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Musical acts such as the School of Rock and Jealous Monks also performed during the event.