Garlic festival helps KidsPeace

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The annual harvest of the Maine garlic crop will be celebrated at the 16th Annual MDI Garlic Festival at Smuggler’s Den Campground on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presented by Nostrano, owned and operated by Chef Frank Pendola, the event will feature garlic dish tastings from numerous local restaurants, a farmers’ market, garlic growers, live music with the Chris Humphrey Big Band, Therapy Dogs International, the Crescent Kennel Club and much more.

In the fall of 1998, Pendola and a few of his friends gathered to enjoy a variety of foods cooked with garlic. They smoked meats and made t-shirts. The following year, the chef and his friends cooked for 100 people, and 350 friends and neighbors showed up. Since then, the festival has grown and raised thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.

This year, the festival benefits the KidsPeace New England autism spectrum disorders program. For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For more, visit or call Chris Sylvester at 745-4087.

Event sponsors include WNSX 97.7 FM, Smuggler’s Den Campground, Darling’s AutoMall, Taylor Rental, MDI Concrete, Maine Camp Outfitters and Curtis Family Shoe.

For event info, call Frank Pendola at 288-0269.

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