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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:


Paul Pospisil

Founder, Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards




Verona, ON. August 8, 2012 – The 6th annual Verona Lions Garlic Festival will be held at 9 am – 2 pm on September 1st at the Verona Lions Centre, 5404 Verona Sands Rd.  Garlic producers will gather to showcase their celebrated bulbs and compete in the Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards. Garlic themed food will be served, vendors with local produce and products will be in attendance and fun attractions for all ages will be offered.

Garlic is the main attraction. Farmers will be offering dozens of different varieties of fresh garlic. A wide selection of different garlic themed products will be available as well, such as a variety of sauces and spreads. Garlic bulbs will be available individually or in bulk, so visitors can stock up for the year ahead. Knowledgeable farmers will also be providing advice and tips on planting and preparing your own garlic. Guest chef McKenzie from ‘Seed to Sausage’ will demonstrate his skills accompanied by a wine tasting from Bergeron Wineries. “The festival is wonderful. It really brings the community together for a great day outdoors, and there is so much garlic!” says Louise Day, a member of the Verona Lions.

Festival highlights include:

  • Egg McLions breakfast at the Lions canteen
    Garlic pork sausages, local beef-on-a-bun sandwiches, rabbit sausages, hot dogs, fries, and vegetarian options will be served for lunch. Plenty of fresh garlic toppings will be offered as well.
  • Children’s Centre with arts and crafts, mini-golf and train rides on the “Verona Cattail Express”.
  • Frontenac Farmers Market with vendors offering farm-fresh corn, garlic nibbles, jams, preserves, maple syrup, fresh bread and other baked goods, soups, local honey, and other seasonal produce.
  • Eastern Ontario Garlic Awards hosted by the Verona Lions. Prizes will be awarded for the best single bulb, 12-variety display, educational display, and braid.

The festival will carry on rain or shine. Entry is by donation. Parking is free. The venue is 20 minutes north of Kingston, just off Road 38.

New vendors are welcome for a fee of $75. Not-for profit organizations intending to offer educational displays will not be charged.  For more information on vendor applications please contact Wayne Conway at 613.374.3807 or by email at wayne.conway@sympatico.ca. For awards information please contact Paul Pospisil at 613.273.5683. For general festival information please contact John McDougall at 613.374.2516 or by email at john.mcdougall@xplornet.ca