Garlic lovers find bliss at MDI festival

Posted Sept. 19, 2009, at 7:09 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:57 a.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Lovers of all things garlic were in heaven Saturday at the 12th annual Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival at Smuggler’s Den Campground.

The brainchild of local restaurateur and farmer Frank Pendola, the garlic festival offers attendants a sample of several dishes that feature the pungent bulb, which Pendola grows at his home in Bar Harbor. Beef brisket, pulled pork, deep-fried chicken and Italian sausage were just some of the items on the menu.

The best part of the festival — other than the food, of course — is that the proceeds go to a good cause: The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield.

Pendola said early Saturday afternoon that he hoped 600 people would attend the festival, which ran from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aside from Pendola’s creations, other items were offered from chefs at Cleonice restaurant in Ellsworth, Chippers Restaurant of Hancock and Bianco Provisions of Boston and Brooklin.