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Loads of cloves of garlic for Richmond

By Patrick Colvin

Everyone loves garlic, right?

That’s been the thought process of The Sharing Farm and the Richmond School Yard Society, who are hosting the 7th Annual Garlic Festival in Richmond this Sunday to raise money for their organizations, which do community work providing food to people in need and educating youth, first hand, on farming and nutrition.

And the garlic will be there in abundance, from roasted garlic to garlic ice cream, there will be an estimated thousand pounds of locally grown garlic up for grabs, according to Gretchen Gerish from The Sharing Farm.

“Garlic ice cream is back, it’s definitely back, it sells out every year,” said Gerish with a chuckle.

This year’s event will also incorporate the Chefs to the Field competition, which pits local chefs against each other in a Hunger Games meets culinary creativity style competition.

Teams of chefs from local restaurants will be given a “black box” of mystery ingredients and access to the fruit and vegetables growing on the surrounding farm.

“There is a cornucopia, just like The Hunger Games, where there are limited pots and equipment as well as a pantry, so they have absolutely no idea what there is,” said Richmond School Society founder Ian Lai.

Some of the restaurants participating in this year’s competition include Torafuku, Shangri-La hotel, and Fable Restaurant.

“It’s a fantastic event for a really good cause, I competed in the event three years in a row,” said Alex Tung, corporate chef for La Grotta Del Formaggio and one of the judges for this year’s competition.

The event takes place Aug. 23, at Terra Nova Rural Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is by donation with the proceeds going to The Sharing Farm and the Richmond Schoolyard Society.

“As a chef it’s important, it’s a belief of ours, to feed as many people as we can and it’s sad to see people aren’t getting the food that they need, so the Sharing Farm is doing a fantastic job filling in the gaps where they can,” Tung said. 

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