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Eighth annual garlic festival

Helen Krassas, left, and Phaedra prepare a skorthalia

Helen Krassas, left, and Phaedra prepare a skorthalia garlic dip for the festival's version of the TV cooking competition “Iron Chef." (Sept. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Garlic lovers unite at the ninth annual Garlic Festival in Riverhead, which features a garlic-eating contest in which contestants must peel each garlic clove by hand, chew and finish before starting to eat the next one. Contestants are warned: Spitting anything out is an automatic disqualification.

Helen Krassas, left, and Phaedra prepare a skorthalia
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Helen Krassas, left, and Phaedra prepare a skorthalia garlic dip for the festival's version of the TV cooking competition “Iron Chef." (Sept. 29, 2012)

Bands perform live music while participants make their
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Bands perform live music while participants make their way through the garlic festival. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Katie Oliveri prepares her Italian garlic antipasto for
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Katie Oliveri prepares her Italian garlic antipasto for the festival's version of “Iron Chef." (Sept. 29, 2012)

Garlic festivalgoers try a variety of dips. (Sept.
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Garlic festivalgoers try a variety of dips. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Festivalgoers try out various dips. (Sept. 29, 2012)
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Festivalgoers try out various dips. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Dixie cups, each containing 10 garlic cloves, are
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Dixie cups, each containing 10 garlic cloves, are lined up for contestants of the garlic-eating contest. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Garlic ice cream is among the delicacies offered
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Garlic ice cream is among the delicacies offered at the Garden of Eve Garlic Festival in Riverhead. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Several varieties of the pungent plant are available
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Several varieties of the pungent plant are available for sale at the Garlic Festival in Riverhead. (Sept. 29, 2012)

In addition to the festival's version of the
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

In addition to the festival's version of the TV cooking competition “Iron Chef,“ there is also a garlic-eating contest. (Sept. 29, 2012)

Garlic lovers attend the ninth annual Garlic Festival
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Garlic lovers attend the ninth annual Garlic Festival in Riverhead, which features a garlic-eating contest and its version of the TV cooking competition “Iron Chef." (Sept. 29, 2012)

Numerous varieties of garlic are on sale at
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Numerous varieties of garlic are on sale at the festival in Riverhead. (Sept. 29, 2012)

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