2012 Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards Winners
6th Annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival
VERONA, ON – Garlic lovers took over the Verona Lions Centre on the Labour Day weekend to celebrate garlic at the 6th Annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival and the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards. Started in 1997 the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards are the official competition for the best garlic produced in the region. “I am very pleased that the Verona Lions have undertaken to host these Awards at the Verona Lions Garlic Festival,” says Paul Pospisil, founder of the Awards. “Verona is central to the Eastern Ontario Region, providing an opportunity for growers from all over the region to participate. This year’s participants give an indication of the wide-spread interest.”
The competition is open to all exhibitors, both home gardeners and commercial growers. The aim of the competition is to encourage growers to strive for excellence in the quality of garlic grown in the Eastern Ontario region as well as recognizing such excellence by public awards.
Congratulations to the 2012 winners:
Champion Garlic Growers 2012
Forest Farm, Godfrey Ontario (David Hahn & Marion Watkins)
Reserve Champion Garlic Grower 2012
Kevin Craigen, Napanee Ontario
Runners Up, tied for 3rd place standing
Dave Cornell, Ashton Station Ontario
Wayne Davey, New Liskeard Ontario
Judging of exhibits was done by Wilma Kenny, OHA judge. Paul Pospisil, founder of the Garlic Awards presented the Woodman and Woodman 2 trophies to the Champion and Reserve Champion. Dianne Dowling, President of Local 316 of the National Farmers Union (NFU) was on hand to present the $100.00 prize to the Champions, David Hahn & Marion Watkins. Diane also made the presentation of the $50.00 prize on behalf of Kim Perry of Local Family Farms to the Reserve Champion.
The Verona Lions will host the 2013 competition again at the festival to be held on Saturday September 7, 2013.
For more information about the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards please contact:
Founder, Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards