Garlic to be celebrated at annual Southwest Harbor festival

Posted Sept. 07, 2012, at 8:55 a.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Garlic brownies and garlic cotton candy are among the garlic-flavored foods available for tasting at an annual festival in Southwest Harbor that celebrates all things garlic.

The 14th annual Mount Desert Island Garlic Festival is held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event began in 1998 when Bar Harbor restaurateur Frank Pendola and a few friends got together to celebrate the harvest of his garlic crop.

It’s since grown into a gathering of local restaurants, musicians, brewers and garlic lovers that draws more than 800 people.

The festival serves as a celebration of garlic, with vendors over the years offering up dishes ranging from garlic sausage to garlic cornbread.

 

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