Beer and Garlic: More than friends at the Toronto Garlic Festival

Ontario’s craft beer and that beloved stinky allium: garlic have joined forces at this year�s Toronto Garlic Festival. The annual event will feature up to 30 craft beers on tap, ready to be paired with dozens of garlic-inspired food dishes.

A�”A surprising number of recipes call for both beer and garlic as ingredients,? says festival founder Peter McClusky. ?This year�s festival will feature one such dish – Clameron�s Chowder by Smoked and Cracked. Beer and garlic dish pairings is a natural extension at our garlic-centric food festival.?

?The many variables in the production of beer allows for its great variety of flavours,? says Brook Kavanagh, Executive Head Chef at La Palette Restaurant on Queen Street � who will be giving a talk on beer and food pairing at the Garlic Festival. ?It is this variation that lends beer its broad spectrum of pairing possibilities.?

Want a teaser? A�Check out these just-announced tasty treats at this years festival:

  • Amsterdam Brewery�s Natural Blonde, with its crisp, clean pickup and smooth mellow finish will quell the heat of The Spice Chef�s Indian street food.
  • TheA�hoppy aroma, lingering bitterness and soft bready malt flavour of Crazy Canuck Ale from Great Lakes Brewery is destined to be paired with Babi & Co.’s Indonesian Corn and Shrimp Fritters with Garlic Chili Sauce.
  • Black Oak’s Nut Brown Ale has the sweetness to attract Liko’s Hawaiian Barbecue Pork Skewers.
  • And the ultimate garlic and chocolate lover hook-up: Laura Slack’s Black Garlic Chocolate Skull Truffle meets Dieu Du Ciel!’sA�Rosee d’Hibiscus!

With over 20 Ontario garlic farmers appearing at the festival this year, you can pick up a years supply of garlic from among many rare, heirloom varieties of Ontario-grown garlic and continue their beer match-making at home!

You’re also welcome to raise the stakes in the beer and food dating game with free shots of fresh pressed garlic at this year�s Garlic Shot Station!A�Garlic Breath Contest anyone?

Breweries at the Toronto Garlic Festival:
Amsterdam Brewery, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Black Oak Brewing Co, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Dieu Du Ciel!, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, Howe Sound Brewing, Glutenberg, andA�Le Trou Du Diable. Wine will also be poured at this year�s festival.

Drink Responsibly � a free festival shuttle will be running every ten minutes from the parkette beside Broadview Subway station.

About Toronto Garlic Festival

When: Sunday September 22, 2013. A�Hours areA�9 AM to 5 PM.
Where: The Pavillions at Evergreen Brick Works – 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, in the Don Valley.

Admission $5, includes access to contests, food demos, talks and all-day film screening of Les Blank classic,A�Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers.A�Free for children 12 years and under.

Free festival shuttle leaves every 10 minutes from the parkette beside Broadview subway station.

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