Do garlic and chocolate go together? Why, yes they do, thank you very much! In fact, chocolate helps to neutralize garlic breath, believe it or not!
Chocology spent this past weekend at the annual 2-day Garlic Festival held at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm in Riverhead, New York. We loved it so much so, we sponsored the garlic-eating contest! Participants lined up to see who could get the most stinky garlic breath on Long Island.
A big round of applause goes out to Elizabeth who actually judged the contest and chose the contestant with the stinkiest breath.
Linda, owner of Chocology, didn’t participate in the contest, however she did volunteer to give the winner a big hug!
When everyone heard that chocolate neutralizes garlic breath, they headed over for a sample (okay, maybe more than a sample) of chocolate at the Chocology tent. We had so much fun tasting and pairing chocolate with some of the amazing local vendor’s wares.
One of the favorite pairings was Arlotta Lemon Olive Oil drizzled over our white chocolate Fat Ass fudge to make “lemon drops”. It was fun watching our taster’s eyes pop when this little delight melted in their mouths. They couldn’t believe how well these two items went together.
We also paired our 70% dark Fat Ass Fudge with the cabernet from Sannino Vineyard. What a delightful match that made! And we can’t forget the pairing with the Soda Shop Bar-B-Q sauce from the Killer Cook. It was all so much fun, pairing flavors that most of us would never dream would taste well together!
It was like walking down memory, watching the children play at the play area where Madeline played as a child. The playground, located directly behind the Chocology tent, ran along the entire backside of the farm. Games, pumpkin pickings, pony rides, face painting and hayrides were just a few of the fun things for kids to do at the Garlic Festival! Linda loved being greeted by the goats each morning when she arrived to set up. Music filled the tent all day long and food demonstrations were happening everywhere. The entire Garlic Festival was such a fun and festive place to be all weekend long.
We were so pleased to see several of our customers from the Setauket and Port Jefferson Farmers Market! And we were delighted by the two cutest Chocology fans (twins in a stroller) that insisted on stopping by for a taste of fudge!
Since this was, after all, a garlic festival, there were so many amazing and unusual garlicky foods. Everything was garden fresh! How about Garlic Soup or Garlic Ice Cream? It was lovely to meet Fred and Sue Forsburg and their daughter Jennifer of Honeyhill Organic Farm, who taught us to use the juice from the scapes (the end of the garlic) to make a dirty martini!
Roasted garlic is buttery, just like our fudge so we decided to create a dark chocolate cake with a roasted garlic hot fudge sauce. It may sound unusual but everyone thought it was delicious! You’ll never know until you try.
Eve, from you guessed it, the Garden of Eve, said this about the festival:
“We had a great Festival this year, with over 4,000 garlic lovers attending to get garlic for their gardens and stomachs, and a new Garlic Eating Contest record set of 27 cloves in 2 minutes!”
What a whirlwind of a weekend! We had so much fun meeting new people, eating chocolate and garlic and participating in a good ole fashioned farm fun. We can’t wait for next year’s festivities!