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Garlic lures hundreds to Riverhead

Chris Kaplan, co-owner of Garden of Eve Organic

Chris Kaplan, co-owner of Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market, shows off some of the varieties of garlic at the farm's eighth annual Garlic Festival. (Sept. 25, 2011) Photo Credit: Ursula Moore

Nick Vazquez loves garlic.

So it was only fitting that the Holtsville man attended the eighth annual Garlic Festival -- also known as Garliciana -- at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead.

He purchased the Russian Renegade garlic to us while cooking his Lobster Newburg recipe.

"I am a big garlic lover," he said. "This garlic has a kick. Wow, this is powerful. I like it."

Garden of Eve co-owners and husband and wife Chris and Eve Kaplan couldn’t agree more – garlic enhances the taste of a meal for them.

"I often spread a little roasted elephant garlic on a cracker and it is delicious," said Chris Kaplan. "This festival brings awareness about garlic and our farm. If you go to the supermarket, you get one type of mild garlic. This festival gets people excited about garlic."

The event even offered individuals a tasty recipe for garlic ice cream.

After visiting the Hudson Valley Festival in Saugerties, the Kaplans decided to bring the idea to their farm.

As hundreds of people perused the different vendors selling items ranging from clothing to homemade jams and candy apples, kids played in the bouncy house, rode pony and hay rides while blues singer Skip Bement sang in the background.

"It was a lot of fun and showed a ton of different varieties of garlic," said Eve Kaplan.

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