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Back from the Garlic Festival

This time I have a good reason not to have Saturday Running Commentary. I was recruiting my energies for the Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival in Little Falls, NY. Several family members planned to accompany me. It was going to be great!

And it was great. Just the weather was lousy. It poured rain. It was cold. I wore the wrong jacket, by the way. We found a parking space a good distance away from the festivities but were lucky enough to catch the shuttle. I don’t mind a walk, but with the rain pouring down and the shuttle right there waiting for us, I was happy to take the bus.

As we got to the festival I was excited by the smell of garlic. I was also impressed by the size of the crowd. Many of them had umbrellas (another accoutrement I had stupidly forgotten) and/or their hoods up, but all were eagerly walking around enjoying the vendors and the music.

I tried several samples of different mustards, dips, cheeses and, of course, garlic. I did not get a chance to chat with the vendors because it was so crowded. Next year I hope to get there earlier. After walking all around we went into Stone Mill, got a warm beverage from Ole Sal’s Creamery, and browsed the antiques.

After stopping at a few vendors we had missed and a quick stop at Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, some of us made our way down to the Piccolo Cafe where a beverage distributor out of Utica (I stupidly did not make a note of who, but I will find out and report back) was offering a craft beer tasting. Then it was off to Mohawk, NY for further adventures.

7 responses »

  1. I was telling another Mohawk Valley resident this morning (on FB) that I’d lived most of my early life in the Mohawk Valley and never knew we grew garlic. Now I live not too far from the other Garlic Capital of the World, Gilroy CA. I enjoyed your post very much. .

    • Thank you! I didn’t know about the garlic either and I am a lifelong garlic lover. I lived near Gilroy for a short time when I was in the army (Monterrey) but never made it to the garlic festival, a severe disappointment to me. Went wine tasting there once, though!

      • I have updated it from time to time though.

      • Ft Ord or the Presidio? My older son was at Ft Ord which was nice because I lived in San Francisco then and it wasn’t that far. He’s retired on disability now.

        My mom was not an adventurous cook. The closest she came to spagnetti was Franco American. Terrific baker there which was typical of the 40’/early 40’s. I have her recipe box and much of it was from G\Women’s Day, etc. I never tasted garlic until I left Ilion in the mid fifties.

        I never made it to the garlic festival either. I don’t know why not. Even from San Francisco, it wasn’t that far down 101 or 280.

        Just updated the blog.

  2. P.S. Can be found at Ann Adams Merced CA on FB – I haven’t updated my blog in ages.


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