The fresh mountain air in the Poconos will have a strong odor this weekend.
That smell will be garlic.
It’s the annual Pocono Garlic Festival at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.
At the Josie Porter farm, all sorts of crops are being harvested this time of year.
But the most important crop among the rest right now is garlic.
The farm grows all sorts of varieties, all of which will be featured this weekend at the annual Pocono Garlic Festival.
“Garlicfest is a chance to connect with your local garlic farmers. As well as imbibing yourself in a garlic extravaganza of food and crafts,” said Heidi Secord, the owner of the Josie Porter Farm.
For the Josie Porter Farm, the Pocono Garlic Festival is a way to let the community know about all the varieties of garlic they grow and where they are so residents can buy local.
The Josie Porter Farm Harvested more than 1,000 pounds of garlic this year. There are still nine other garlic farmers with even more garlic crops to showcase at the event, which will attract more than 10,000 garlic groupies.
Those “garlic groupies” will be able to enjoy all sorts of stinky specialties at the festival at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, where vendors were busy setting up.
The crew at Sycamore Grill in Delaware Water Gap were setting up their stand, getting ready to present a fantastic garlic fare.
“We have garlic crab cakes, garlic drenched fries, garlic risotto balls, and we’re bringing back our very popular garlic cotton candy that we sold last year,” said Lindsey Austin, the manager of the Sycamore Grill.
Another business traveled all the way from Poughkeepsie, New York to show off their garlic goodies.
“We do dip mixes, we have a garlic dip, we have a garlic dipping oil,” said James Murwin, the owner of Awesome Specialty Foods.
The Pocono Garlic Festival is both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is a $10 admission fee.
Some advice from organizers, don’t bother bringing your breath mints.