The weather was supposed to be rainy, but we got lucky for the 23rd Annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. We forgot to bring a camera, but had loads of fun eating samples of garlic everything--from ice cream (not great) to wide varieties of pesto (best in the world, best in the universe, etc). See the link here http://www.hudsonvalleygarlic.com/ We went in with low expectations, but it was a delightful day. A lot more farm stuff than we thought and everyone was friendly and wanted to talk garlic! And lots of good rootsy music, puppet shows, folk dancers, etc.
There was also a lecture area where we got to see Ric Orlando work some kitchen magic and sample an amazing twist on skordalia and roasted garlic caramel over vanilla ice cream. If you are a Food TV watcher, you may have seen him there. People have been raving about his restaurant New World Home Cooking since we moved up here. We haven't made it there yet and sampling these treats made me wonder what we are waiting for! Recipes can be found here http://ricorlando.com/gfestrecipes.html I must say that while the garlic ice cream I bought was gross (I actually threw out ice cream!) but this roasted garlic caramel on vanilla ice cream was really awesome!
Anyone want to join us next year?