4 of the Best Reasons to Love the Poconos Garlic Festival

Poconos Garlic FestivalGarlic lovers, unite! The Poconos Garlic Festival is returning this Memorial Day weekend for two days of family entertainment, music, and of course, plenty of garlic treats to go around. If you’ll be visiting the Poconos Mountains this fall, here are just a few reasons you won’t want to leave this annual event off your itinerary.

After spending time at the Poconos Garlic Festival, be sure to stop by Hawley Silk Mill for more local favorites like the Mill Market Bakery, the Looking Glass Art Gallery, and more.

4 Things to Expect at the Poconos Garlic Festival PA 2017

This September 2-3, the hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania will be celebrating the fall season with food, music, family-friendly activities, and more! Here are some visitor favorites from previous years that you’re sure to find at this year’s garlic festival.

  1. Specialty Food Vendors

The Poconos Garlic Festival features many of the best regional vendors who will be serving up their most delicious garlic-inspired recipes and sophisticated foods. We hope you’ll arrive hungry because you won’t be able to resist the wide variety of scrumptious selections.

     2. Arts and Crafts

If you enjoy picking up a piece of finely crafted jewelry or pottery, you’ll find it all at the Poconos Garlic Festival. The event highlights an extensive collection of products from fine art to distinctive crafts, all with a garlic theme! It’s the perfect place to find unique gifts for your friends and family back home or souvenirs for yourself.

    3. Education Tent

Do you want to learn how to make mouthwatering garlic dishes? Veterans of the restaurant industry will be present to demonstrate how to prepare incredible meals! The education tent is also where you’ll find the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center showing off local wildlife in a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

    4. Garlic Eating Contest

If you believe nobody loves garlic more than you do, you’re invited to participate in the garlic eating contest! The event is held each day of the festival at 2 p.m. underneath the Main Tent. The first 10 entrants will be guaranteed a spot, so be sure to get there early to sign up! The person to eat the most garlic within one minute will be invited to lead the Garlic Processional Parade as the King or Queen of the festival. Responsibilities include overseeing and ruling the Pocono Garlic Festival Kingdom! Just be sure not to share your garlic breath with your loyal subjects.

Prizes will also be awarded for runner-ups and other participants including complimentary ski passes to Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, festival T-shirts, and more.

Find Fresh Garlic at the Mill Market Bakery

Should your garlic cravings continue after the festival, head over to the Mill Market Bakery at Hawley Silk Mill to purchase your own fresh garlic and other produce. Our unique market supports local farmers and food companies by providing healthy and delicious foods. Here is a list of items you’ll be able to shop for at the Mill Market Bakery:

  • Artisanal Breads
  • Local Produce
  • Pastries
  • Cookies
  • Specialty Foods
  • Cakes
  • Locally Roasted Coffee
  • Custom Gift Baskets
  • Craft Beer

Don’t forget to stop by the Mill Market for complimentary tastings on Saturdays from noon until 2 p.m.!

More to Enjoy at Hawley Silk Mill

Since 1880, this historic factory has been a cornerstone of the Hawley community. Although its days as a textile factory have long-since ended, the mill has never been more vibrant than it is today! We invite you to find unique souvenirs in the shops, indulge in local foods at the Mill Market Bakery and Cocoon Coffee House, or renew your body and spirit at the Lake Region Fitness Center or Mountain Laurel Pilates Studio. You could spend an entire day exploring everything there is to do at this one-of-a-kind lifestyle center. We hope to see you in Hawley soon!