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GarlicFest 2010 features tasty clove at its best
Event offers demonstrations, tastings and vendors

GarlicFest 2010

What: A celebration of the annual garlic harvest

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: LoganBerry Heritage Farm, 2660 Adair Mill Road, Cleveland

How much: Free

More info: 706-878-8938 or

The Queen of the Kitchen Bulb is the highlight for many garlic-themed festivities on Saturday at the second annual GarlicFest at Logan Berry Farm.

Farm owner Sharon Mauney, also known as Organic Rose, has many garlic-themed activities set for the festival.

"We are featuring garlic, of course, and so we’ll be eating, selling garlic, tasting garlic, watching a chef demonstrate everything about cooking garlic, as well as our healthy harvest from here on the farm," Mauney said. "We will have vendor booths, people coming to participate, potters, jewelers, basket makers, a friend who has alpacas and is bring her alpacas."

Chef Jason Vullo, a farm-to-table advocate from The Vines Restaurant in Sautee, will be cooking and sampling LoganBerrys healthy harvest and providing tastings for guests.

Garlic University 101 also is planned along with tours of the 60-acre farm which includes a farmhouse, market barn and greenhouse.

"This is all about the garlic and the people that want to come join us," she said. "Garlic University 101, it is a fun little demo that we do where we have all of the garlic varieties that we grow out ... they all have different tastes and nuances and different complexities, some are sweet and mild and some are hot and spicy. Garlic also takes on the taste from the soil where it is grown, just like grapes and tomatoes are the same way."

Guests will have a chance to taste all the varieties and if they taste them all will receive a little diploma. LoganBerry Heritage Farm is a fifth-generation farm with a focus on history, sustainability and health. Located between Cleveland and Dahlonega, the farm is adjacent to winery row.

Along with the GarlicFest, the market at the farm will have plenty of fresh produce for sale.

"Our market will be open, we are selling heirloom tomatoes and whatever else is coming in," Mauney said. "Corn peas, okra, onions, potatoes — in addition to roasted garlic, pesto, things made from garlic."