Easton Garlic Festival Guide

From a punch on the palate to a creamy caress, it’s this rare food that spans the full spectrum of flavors.

And every year the town of Easton celebrates it in all its stinky glory.

Garlic Fest – two days of every conceivable version of garlic, plus cooking contests, tastings and more – returns to downtown Easton. It’s the first of two major fall food events in the city.

Pack those mints and get ready for all the details.

  • When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • Where: Center Square and Downtown Easton
  • How much: No admittance
  • Main leader: Karnail Singh of Tandoor Grill in downtown Easton

Your best bet is to park in one of the garages in town. They fill up quickly, plan to arrive early.

Note: There is a flat fee of $10 and it must be cash.

  • Pine Street parking lot: Behind the Crayola Experience; enter from 4th Street since the rest of Pine Street will be closed for the festival, or enter from Ferry Street.
  • South Third Street Parking Garage: Behind Easton City Hall at 123 S Third St.; enter South Third St., across from the gas station.

You can also park at metered locations around town, but don’t rely on availability.

Garlic Fest is known for its culinary events and this year is no exception.

This year there is a new competition, the Chef’s kitchen, 3 p.m. on October 2. Watch executive chef Abe Lopez of Stoke Coal Fire Pizza & Bar take on Marbin Castroramos, head chef of Third & Ferry Fish Market, in a garlic battle. Watch and see who can impress the judges.

Another novelty: for the first time in 270 years of history, the Easton Farmer’s Market will be held in the College Hill neighborhood of the city, finding a one-day home on the Lafayette College Quad on October 1 to accommodate downtown traffic patterns for the first day of Easton Garlic Fest.

Nearly three dozen EFM vendors are expected for the weekly market, which will maintain its usual hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free parking will be available in the McCartney Street and Clinton Terrace lots of Lafayette and Markle Parking Deck in addition to street parking in College Hill.

The Easton Farmer’s Market will return to Larry Holmes Drive and Scott Park on October 8.

  • 3 Mayors Cook-off, 1 p.m. Oct. 1, Stinkin’ Culinary Stage — Easton Mayor Sal Panto will join Easton Garlic Fest Senior Chef Karnail Singh of the Tandoor Grill to take on Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk and Phillipsburg Mayor Todd Tersigni and their leaders.
  • Cook-off Mystery Basket #1 3:00 p.m. October 2, Stinkin’ Culinary Stage – Executive chef Cristian Gonzalez of The Shelby will take on Northampton County College culinary instructor Tyler Baxter in this “chopped” style contest. Each chef will receive the same mystery basket filled with fresh, local ingredients chosen by Easton Farmers Market Manager Megan McBride. They will have 30 minutes to create a garlic meal using only these ingredients.
  • Mystery Basket Kitchen #2 — 1 p.m. October 2, Stinkin’ Culinary Stage — Esteban Morales, owner/chef of Morales Catering, will take on Jeff Wagaman of the Brick Tavern Inn with a different set of mystery ingredients provided by the Easton Farmer’s Market.
  • Always a favorite, the Big stinky wheel of cheese returns (both days). It starts with a huge wheel of melted Pecorino Romano cheese. Then, servers swirl the pasta in melted cheese and top it with your choice of garlic pesto or creamy garlic sauce. How much: $10, cash only
  • Gastric Garlic People’s Choice Contest: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1, Pungent Plaza; 400 people will taste and judge the best garlic dish created by local restaurant chefs. Entrants determine which chef will take home the coveted Garlic Bulb Winner’s Plaque. How much: $12 (tickets at the door; cash only);
  • People’s Choice Contest Dangerous Desserts; Noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday; Spicy place. Be one of 200 people to taste and judge the best garlic dessert created by local restaurant chefs. Participants determine which chef creates the best dish. How much: $12 (tickets at the door, cash only)

Garlic Fest has food. A lot of food. And drinks too.

It’s impossible to include everything, so here are some highlights.

Farm garlic and more

  • Apple Ridge Farm: Garlic, onions, pretzels, mustard, garlic radish dip, Asiago garlic bread, switchel (kind of kombucha without fermentation), cookies
  • Josie Porter Farm: Fresh garlic, hot peppers, garlic vinegar
Fahim Elias of Forks Township.  grills chicken and garlic for Easton's Kfarsghab Club in this file photo.

Garlic vendors

  • Artisanal Indian cuisine from Aman: Garlic masala fries, garlic knot sliders
  • Antonio’s pizza: Garlic Knot Sliders
  • The Bayou: Bayou Boys pierogies, garlic parmesan pierogies
  • Billy’s Downtown Diner: Skordalia (Greek garlic mashed potato dip served with pita); Roasted Garlic Potato Soup with Bacon: Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta Salad; Greek garlic chicken pita; garlic infused chorizo ​​sandwich
  • Bull-N-Bear Restaurant: Garlic Lamb Gyros and more; garlic baklava, garlic ice cream
  • Kfarsghab Club will have its famous chicken and garlic pita wrap
  • The Flying V: Garlic Braised Lamb Poutine, Peameal Bacon Poutine with Garlic Cornmeal Crust, Red Wine Braised Rib Poutine with Horseradish Cream Sauce and Micro-Vegetables, Honey and Toast Pulled Pork Poutine garlic, garlic and parmesan truffle fries
  • The local restaurant: Garlic Cheesesteak, Garlic Potato Soup, Mussels in a Heavy Garlic Marinara Sauce
  • Charcoal-fired pizza/colonial pizza: Garlic Marinated Chicken Skewers, Garlic Shrimp Skewers, Garlic Pizza Bread, Garlic Mac & Cheese
  • Zuzu Confectioner: Fresh Chocolate Garlic, Chocolate Frozen Fruits, Chocolate Garlic Truffles, Drinking Chocolate, Chocolate Roasted Garlic, Candied and Caramel Apples including Garlic Ginger and more

Other vendors include Sweet Girlz Bakery, the Pickle Guys, Jerky Rob and more.

Sweet Girls Bakery is among the vendors bringing delicious garlic dishes to Easton Garlic Fest on October 1 and 2.

Packaged food vendors

  • B&G Cellar: Roasted garlic, onion, blueberry, maple blueberry, sangria, white cranberry, black cherry, poison apple Roasted garlic, onion, blueberry, maple blueberry, sangria, white cranberry, black cherry, poison apple
  • DRY : Pinot Noir, peppery Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio and Merlot
  • Backdoor Bakery: Cookies with roasted garlic butter and roasted garlic jelly
  • Funny Farm Apiaries: Raw honey, flavored raw honey (including garlic-infused), lotion bars, healing balms, t-shirts, and other bee-related items
  • Kilimanjaro Distillery/Xplorer Spirits: Potato Vodka 12x Distilled, American Gin (awarded double gold in Germany 2021), Bourbon Whiskey High Rye, Honey Bourbon, Peach Bourbon, Chocolate Bourbon, Peanut Butter Whiskey, Penna Dutch Apple Pie
Easton Wine Project will be offering a number of wine cocktails and slushies at Easton Garlic Fest, October 1-2 in downtown Easton.

Garlic drinks

  • The Easton Garlic Fest beer tent, sponsored by The Alfero Company and hosted by 3rd & Ferry Fish Market, will feature draft beers such as Founder’s All Day IPA, Founders Oktoberfest, Free Will Hazy IPA, Penn Hefeweizen, Breckenridge Autumn Ale; as well as cans of craft and domestic beers. You can also try cocktails such as a Garlic Bloody Mary, Autumn Spice Margarita, Red Sangria with Honey and Blueberries.
  • Easton Wine Project: Wine, wine cocktails and more, including an apple cider mule (EWP’s Niagara, apple cider, ginger beer, lime juice); black garlic sangria (a twist of garlic on this classic drink, black garlic is surprisingly sweet and chewy and pairs well with EWP’s Chardonnay); Concord melting wine cooler; EWP will also be offering Garlic Popcorn and Garlic Parmesan Pierogies
  • Scratch: Clubhouse Kolsch, Session IPA, White Beer, Pineapple & Mango Hard Seltzer
  • The two-day festival will feature three stages of free live music: the Sizzlin’ HOT Latin Music Stage at Northampton & 2nd Streets, the School of Rock Stage at N. 3rd & Spring Garden Streets, and the Main Stage at 3rd & Ferry Streets . . Full program: https://www.eastongarlicfest.com/music
  • Sizzlin’ HOT Latin Quarter (both days); on Northampton Street between 2nd and 3rd streets, with Hispanic and Latino food vendors and a stage with live music and a DJ.
  • Little Stinkers Row, North Third and Church streets; moon bounce, obstacle course and trackless train, games of chance and make-up artist (paid activities). Free activities include Balloon Animals with Balloons the Clown from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 2 and Make Your Own Paper Garlic Hat (both days). At 11 a.m. on both days, kids can sign up for a chance to compete in the Kids Culinary Cooking Contest, which starts at 2 p.m. Five names are selected to compete.


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