Garlic, garlic and more garlic.
That’s what the 12th annual Mohawk Valley Garlic and Herb Festival will bring to the city of Little Falls this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when people will be able to visit Canal Place for food, music and fun, all while celebrating the popular herb.
What began as a small gathering of eight local farmers at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in 2001 has become a staple in the community, drawing thousands of people from across the Mohawk Valley and beyond. The festival provides an annual opportunity for farmers and vendors to educate people on the benefits of growing garlic and herbs, and gives attendees an opportunity to make new connections.
In addition to a variety of garlic, seasonal flowers and produce, handcrafted artisan items and a variety of other herbs will be available for purchase.
There will also be demonstrations and lectures led by Cornell Cooperative of Extension of Herkimer County educators throughout the day.
“The festival is a big deal for the city of Little Falls, as it brings thousands of people to the our community annually,” Mayor Robert Peters said during last week’s Common Council meeting. “It’s a fun time and I hope everyone comes out to support it.”
In addition to the garlic and herb growers’ market, events will include a main stage performance by The Dharma Burns from 10 a.m. to noon, the Garlic Queen Pageant from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a wandering minstrels performance by Monkey and the Crowbar from noon to 1 p.m., a main stage performance by Annie and the Hedonists from 2 to 5 p.m. and free Moss Island tours led by local educator John Stehnach at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The guided tours of Moss Island’s geologic “Potholes” and Lock 17 on the Erie Canal will leave from Benton’s Landing at the end of Canal Place. As the tours will involve walking and climbing on rugged terrain that is slippery when wet, participants are asked to wear sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers.
The cost to attend will be $3 per person or $10 per family.
One third of admissions donations will support the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts. The remainder of the donations will be used to support the continuation of the festival.
“All of the money raised will remain in the community,” said Peters.