Weather collaborated for 23rd Canadian Garlic Festival
When Mary Stefura first suggested the Ukrainian Seniors Centre start a garlic festival, 23 years ago, she said a lot of people laughed at the idea.
But they're not laughing anymore.
Unlike last year's Canadian Garlic Festival, which was met by a strong downpour, the sun was bright and the weather was warm when the gates opened at 11 a.m.
Stefura said organizers expected more than 3,000 people to show up and try a variety of foods, such as sauerkraut, pierogies, flatbread pizzas and salads infused with generous amounts of garlic.
Vendors from across Ontario also carried some more unusual fare, such as cookies, fudge and ice with generous helpings of garlic inside.
“That's a grabber,” Stefura said. “People are interested in something unusual.”
The day featured a wide variety of entertainment, that ranged from musical performers to traditional Ukrainian dancers.
The family-friendly event also featured a bouncy castle and a number of craft projects for children.
After 23 years, when people ask Stefura why she and the festival's other early founders settled on garlic, her answer is simple.
“I think the question is why not?” she said.