Out of towners laugh whenever I mention the Hudson Valley Garlic Gestival in Saugerties, but it is really a one of kind food festival, even if you don't love garlic. There will be chef demos from Chef Ric Orlando and Chef Pat Crocker, live bands, including Uncle Rock, children's play area, tons of local vendors.
We never know what we'll find at the Garlic Festival. In 2004, my first time, I went for the garlic, but instead I left with a beautiful painted coffee table from one of the local craft vendors. Save your appetite and your bravado for the 2012 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. You'll get to taste garlic marshmellows, garlic jellies, ice cream, burgers, hummus, pickles, and who knows what else! I found this video from the 2008 Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. I think this couple captured the fun of the festival. See you there, and don't eat all the garlic!