/New home for garlic festival this year 
A scene from the 2014 Haliburton County Garlic Festival. /File photo

New home for garlic festival this year 

By Chad Ingram

Published Aug. 16 2016

The annual Haliburton County Garlic Festival has a new home – Abbey Gardens in West Guilford.

“We’re ecstatic as is Abbey Gardens to have a partnership between the garlic growers association and Abbey Gardens” says Ron Reid of the Haliburton County Garlic Growers Association.

The association’s ninth annual garlic festival will take place Sunday Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Because we’re at Abbey Gardens the festival can have other components to it” Reid says. “They have the staff they have the property.”

There will be children’s educational workshops and gardening demonstrations in the gardens including  by the Haliburton County Master Gardeners.

There will be a garlic-braiding workshop as well as cooking demonstrations. Into The Blue Bakery will do a demo on wood-fired pizza and Marilynne Lesperance of the Minden Food Hub will conduct a class on cooking with garlic.

There will be entertainment and vendors selling garlic baked good preserves maple syrup native plants and artisans’ wares.

“Ninety per cent of them are vendors from the county” Reid says.

The Stanhope Firefighters Association will also host a fundraiser barbecue on site.

There are accessible washrooms and parking and admission are both free.

Abbey Gardens is located at 1012 Garden Gate Dr. off of Highway 118 just outside West Guilford 12 kilometres east of Carnarvon and 12 kilometres west of Haliburton Village.

For more information contact Sheila Robb at 705-489-4201.