If it is the last weekend in September it must be time for the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. It had been a few years since I last went so I drove up to Saugerties on Saturday for a day outside the city. The festival had grown a lot since I was last there. It seemed like there were twice as many garlic vendors as I remember. One grower, Ireland Farm from Fulton, NY was selling 26 varieties of garlic.
One could, and did, sample raw garlic, basil pesto with garlic, garlic scape pesto, garlic dill pickles, chutney with garlic, garlic honey, garlic vinegar, garlic mustard, garlic horseradish, garlic BBQ sauce, chocolate-covered garlic, garlic olives, garlic maple nuts, garlic salsa, garlic relish, and garlic jelly. A couple dozen vendors each had a number of dried spice mixes that could be whipped up with sour cream or yogurt for a pleasing sweet or savory party dip.
The food vendors were selling garlic corn on the cob, garlic bratwurst, garlic roast pork sandwiches, garlic popcorn, garlic ice cream, deep-fried garlic cloves, deep-fried garlic pickles on a stick, garlic donuts, garlic caramels, caramelized garlic, garlic mashed potatoes, garlic marinated beef on a stick, garlic knots, garlic pretzels, potato garlic soup, garlic chowder, Cajun garlic blackened catfish, blooming onions with garlic, garlic hot dogs and garlic hamburgers. Out of all those I chose a garlic hamburger for lunch. Bad choice. I got into an argument with a 10-year old girl who tried to charge me for a soda I didn't buy and the burger was terrible. On the other hand, the garlic ice cream was excellent.
On the arts and crafts front there were lots of garlic themed trivets, pot holders, aprons, tote bags, etc. I didn't buy anything there. The one item I regret not buying was a bar or two of garlic soap. Would your hands smell garlicky after washing?
A couple hours later, after paying respects to the Garlick King and the Garlic Goddess, I was garlicked out and ready to go somewhere with fewer people.