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Tasting Events
presented by Valley Business Systems

Tasting Events
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Check out these two tasting events in the Pungent Plaza.

Tickets go on sale at 11:30 am onsite. Tickets are NOT sold online in advance.
Tickets are cash only. A limited number of tickets are sold.

Gastric Garlic People's Choice Contest 
SATURDAY 10/7 - Noon

Be one of the 400 lucky people to sample and judge the best garlic dish created by chefs from local restaurants. You determine which chef will take home the coveted Garlic Bulb Winners Plaque. This event is a garlic lover’s dream! $12 entry fee (cash only).

Dangerous Desserts Contest 
SUNDAY 10/8 - Noon

Be one of the 200 lucky people to sample and judge the best garlic dessert created by chefs from local restaurants. You determine which Chef creates the best sweet garlic magic. You have to taste it to believe it! $12 entry fee (cash only). 

Stinkin' Culinary Stage
Presented by People First Federal Credit Union

Stinkin' Culinry Stage

Mystery Basket Cook-off #1 

Be in the audience to watch Chef Harrison Lemus of La Cocina del Abuelo in Allentown and Head Chef Marbin Castroramos of 3rd & Ferry Fish Market in Easton go garlic head-to-head in a judged competition. The Easton Public Market will provide the mystery ingredients, all locally sourced farm-fresh food, and selected by Easton Market District Director Megan McBride.

Mystery Basket Cook-off #2 

In this competition three chefs will compete with a completely different set of mystery ingredients provided by the Easton Public Market and selected by Easton Market District Director Megan McBride. Cheer on Jeff Wagaman, Chef at Brick Tavern Inn,
Esteban Morales, Dining Services Director at Fountain View At Logan Square, and 
Tahir Baldwin, Executive Chef at Pearly Bakers Ale House.

3 Mayors’ Cook-off 

Three mayors will face off in a garlic throw down of epic proportions! Each will bring one of their local chefs to battle it out in a judged cooking competition. Come cheer for your favorite city!

  • Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Jr. with EGF Headline Chef Abe Lopez of Stoke Coal Fire Pizza

  • Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk with Armando Rodriguez-Caro from La Frikitona food truck

  • Phillipsburg Mayor Todd Tersigni with from Pizza Village

Chef's Choice Cook-Off 

EGF Headline Chef/Executive Chef Abe Lopez of Stoke Coal Fire Pizza takes on Executive Chef and Owner Shawn Doyle of The Savory Grille in a garlic head-to-head battle.
Enjoy this sizzlin' competition and watch to see who can wow the judges!

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Live Music Lineup

Live Music
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Sizzlin’ Latin Quarter Stage


10 am - 6 pm - DJ Melvin Media Isla from the Dominican Republic
Noon - 1 pm - Tango performance by Pierre Baston and Malgorzata Rokicki

3 - 5 pm - Live music by Latin Pop Band Fabry from Uruguay

10 am - 6 pm - DJ Franklin Morel from the Dominican Republic
12 - 1 pm -  Mariachi performance by Mariangel from Mexico
1 - 1:45 pm -  "Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny and Carol G Bobbleheads" performance
2:30 - 4:30 pm - Salsa Band Hector Rosado y su Orquesta from Bethlehem


Main Stage

Saturday - "Blues & Booze & Brews"
10 am - Noon: The Hazmats
12:30 - 2:30 pm: The Bobcats
3 - 6 pm: Fish Eyed Blues


Sunday - "Sunday Speakeasy"
10 - 11:30 am: First Annual Malodorous Melodies Karaoke Contest hosted by Charlton Plaza
Noon - 2 pm: Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society
2 pm: Big Easy Easton Brass Parade Kickoff
2:30 - 3:30 pm: Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society Encore 
3:45 - 4 pm: Malodorous Melodies Winners Lounge
4:30 - 6 pm: Patrick Poladian JazzWorld Trio

Northampton & 4th Streets

10 am - 6 pm both days: DJ Rich Williams spinning live sets 

Plus roving entertainment throughout the festival, including stilt walkers, jugglers, a clown and more!

Little Stinkers' Row

Little Stinkers Row
 We know kids like to STINK IT UP as much as adults do. So we dedicate a section of the festival to them. Here’s what they can find on Little Stinkers Row on N. 3rd Street.


  •  Moon bounce, obstacle course & trackless train -
  • ($3 per ride - cash only)
  • Games of chance (fees apply - cash only)
  • Face painter (fees apply - cash only)
  • Make your own paper garlic hat (free)
Balloons The Clown at the Culinary Kids Stage - 12:20 pm
Ray Grins Comedy Juggling Show - on the Centre Square Stage by the fountain - 2 pm
Easton Arts Academy Elementary Charter School 4th & 5th grade select ensemble performance - on the Centre Square Stage by the fountain - 2 pm

Also strolling performers throughout the event
including stilt walkers Grins & Grins, jugglers, Earl the Accordionist,
and our mascot STINKY with the Wilson High School Cheerleaders!

Sign up for the Culinary Kids Cooking Contest
Both days at 11 am

Sign up for a chance to participate in the Culinary Kids Cooking Contest. Five kids between 8 and 12 years old will be chosen to compete, creating a pasta dish for a judged competition.
Sign up early and return at 1:30 pm to see if you are one of the lucky ones chosen.


Culinary Kids Cooking Contest
Both days at 2 pm

5 budding chefs will create a garlicky pasta dish. Watch as they learn to cook and see who the judges choose as the winner!

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2023 Headline Chef

Headline Chef



Easton Garlic Fest is excited to announce that Stoke Coal Fire Pizza & Bar Executive Chef Abe Lopez will return as our 2023 Headline Chef!
He's the most winning chef in Easton Garlic Fest history!


He’ll take on his fellow chefs in cooking competitions on the Stinkin' Culinary Stage sponsored by People First Federal Credit Union, including the Chef’s Choice Cook-off and the Mayors’ Cook-off on Saturday. Come watch him cook up a garlicky storm and cheer him on!

2023 T-shirts & hoodies

All EGF t-shirts and hoodies are cash only.
ATMs are located throughout the festival at local banks. 
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Tricky Tray

Win one of these amazing baskets in the Tricky Tray. 
Tickets can be purchased at the Merchandise & Information Booth in the SW quad of Centre Square.

5 tickets for $5
25 tickets for $20

(GC = gift card)

1. College Hill Basket - Total Value: $75 
   Lafayette t-shirt    
   Lafayette mug    
   $20 GC Giacomos of College Hill   
   Garlic Fest mug    
2. Third Street Basket  - Total Value:  $160 
   $25 GC Easton Candle Co.    
   Easton Candle Co. candle    
   $25 GC The Loving Peace    
   The Loving Peace Shampoo Set    
   $20 GC Toyko Sushi    
   $25 GC Casa 401  
   Casa 401 Serving Set    
3. Bodacious Hair & Body  - Total Value:  $180 
   Full set lash extensions    
4. Outdoor Basket    $370 
   $25 GC Easton Outdoor Company    
   Easton Outdoor Hydroflask    
   2 Hang Dog GC ($150 each)    
   $20 GC Owowcow Ice Cream  
5. Crayola Experience Basket  - Total Value:  $100 
   2 tickets to The Crayola Experience    
   Crayola merchandise    
6. Centre Square Basket  - Total Value:  $120 
   $50 GC Stoke Coal Fire Pizza & Bar   
   $25 GC The Bayou Easton   
   $15 GC The Carmelcorn Shop  
   $15 GC Book & Puppet     
   Book & Puppet mug    
7. Restaurant Basket   - Total Value:  $100 
   $50 GC 3rd and Ferry Fish Market    
   $25 GC Aman's Artisan Indian Cuisine   
   $25 GC The Bayou Easton    
8. Sweet Girlz Bakery Basket  - Total Value:  $65 
   $25 GC, tshirt, spatula, & dish towel    
9. Quadrant Book Mart & Coffee Basket  - Total Value:  $90 
   Quadrant BM print    
   bottle of hot sauce    
   Quadrant long sleeve t-shirt  
   set of 4 Garlic Fest mugs    
10. Easton Public Market Basket - Total Value: TBD
11. Unity Bank Basket - Total Value:  $100 
   bottle of wine    
   Unity Bank logoed tote    
   water bottle    
   $50 Visa GC    
12. Garlic Fest Basket  - Total Value:  $50 
   Garlic fest hoodie    
   Garlic Fest beer mug set    
13. Garlic Fest Basket  - Total Value:  $50 
   Garlic Fest hoodie 
   set of 2 Garlic Fest mugs    
14. Easton Ornaments from Easton Main Street Initiative  - Total Value:  $200 
   set of 10 Easton-themed holiday ornaments   
15. Activity Basket  - Total Value:  $375 
   2 Hang Dog GC ($150 each)    
   Skeggy's Axe House GC    
   Punch Out Games GC    
   Escape Room GC    
16. Basket donated by Maverick Media  - Total Value:  $150 
   $25 GC 1001 Thai    
   bottle of Klyr Rum    
   8 pack of assorted Klyr rum beverages    
17. De-stress Basket - Total Value:  $110 
   Skeggy Axe House GC    
   NuHouse GC    
   $20 GC Owowcow Ice Cream  
   $25 GC to Bardon    
18. Cutco Knife Set  - Total Value:  $365 
19. Breakfast Basket  - Total Value:  $100 
   $25 GC The Quadrant    
   $25 GC The State Café    
   $25 GC Angelo's Restaurant   
   $25 GC Billy's Downtown Diner    
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