Ontario Garlic Week was created in 2021 by the Toronto Garlic Festival in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When in-person events were deemed high risk due to public health restrictions the Toronto Garlic Festival wanted to find an alternative way to celebrate Ontario garlic and support farmers and food and beverage establishments. The inaugural Ontario Garlic Week saw farmers team up with restaurants, breweries, bars, drive-ins and theatres across the province to celebrate and embrace Ontario-grown garlic.
From Thunder Bay to Timmins and Ottawa to Sarnia, culinary creations include black garlic beer and chocolate bonbons to butter tarts and an array of savory dishes. Garlicky-themed activities include garlic planting workshops, cooking demos and “meet the farmer” opportunities. Media coverage and opportunities have included: Breakfast Television, CTV Your Morning, ELMNT FM Radio, Global News Kingston, Edible Toronto, Edible Ottawa, Culinary Tourism Alliance, and more!
2023 Ontario Garlic Week planning is under way, with many partners joining in the celebration of Ontario garlic.
Ontario Garlic Week support and participation includes:
We are hosted on the lands of the of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Wendat and the Haudenosaunee and recognize the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and the Inuit peoples.