Garlic Fest, Sept 27 2014

Posted: September 17, 2014

Join Sow True Seed for our inaugural Garlic Fest – learn all you need to know about planting, caring, harvesting and storing your garlic. 

Garlic Fest 2014 - California Early Artichoke SoftneckWe’ll have workshops starting on the hour every hour from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 27th September, drop by and grab some garlic wisdom.

We’ll also have garlic tasting with exciting samples that may include: garlic cookies, honey fermented garlic, garlic hummus, fresh roasted garlic, garlic bread and garlic fudge. Also take the blind taste test – can you tell the difference between hardneck and softneck garlic?

Garlic Fest 2014 - German Red Rocombole HardneckThroughout the day they’ll also be lessons and demonstrations on garlic braiding, making powdered garlic, quick peeling techniques, garlic and wild foods and garlic drinks with special guest Nan K Chase. 

No Taste Like Home, our local foraging and wild food experts, will be along to show us how garlic is used in wild dishes. Taste samples on offer!

Fun for all the family. Vampires welcome, IF THEY DARE.


Garlic Fest 2014 - Inchellium Artichoke SoftneckLocation: Sow True Seed, 146 Church Street, Asheville NC 28801 (across the road from 5th Season Gardening)

Time: 10am till 4pm

Cost: FREE!

Parking: Parking is extremely limited so please be calm and considerate. We are only a short walk from Lexington Ave parking garages.

Questions?: email


10am Garlic Growing 101: drop-in for this quick class on the basics of planting, growing, harvesting and storing garlic.

11am Growing Great Garlic: Fifth Season Gardening will be running a workshop to help you grow the best garlic you can – soil amendments, fertilizer, site selection and garlic nurture!

12pm Garlic Growing 101: drop-in for this quick class on the basics of planting, growing, harvesting and storing garlic.

1pm Garlic Growing 101: drop-in for this quick class on the basics of planting, growing, harvesting and storing garlic.

2pm Garlic Companion Planting: Nan Chase, local garden writer and author of Drink The Harvest and Eat Your Yard, will be sharing her wisdom on growing garlic, maximizing space and inter-planting companions.

3pm Garlic Growing 101: drop-in for this quick class on the basics of planting, growing, harvesting and storing garlic.

ALL DAY: we’ll have a garlic activity table where you can learn and experiment with garlic braiding, making powdered garlic and easy peel garlic tips.

ALL DAY: Blow Your Mind AND Your Taste Buds

  • Wild Garlic tasting and recipes with No Taste Like Home.
  • Expand your garlic horizons with garlic cookies, garlic fudge, garlic ice cream and honey fermented garlic.
  • Ever had elephant garlic hummus? Think you can tell the difference between roasted hardneck and softneck garlic?
  • Garlic Amish Sourdough Bread with roasted Garlic and Olive Oil.

ALL DAY: Hardneck, Softneck and Elephant Garlic for Sale

ALL DAY:  50%  Seed Packet SALE

  • All our seed packets will be reduced by 50% (remember to store cool, dry and dark for 2015 planting).
  • Books and accessories will have 20% OFF – we have a great range from Chelsea Green publishers.
  • We’ll also have some special items reduced by 25%.

*Cover crops, sprouting seeds and bulk seeds will not be on sale. 

Garlic Fest 2014 - Elephant GarlicGarlic Fest 2014 - German White Porcelain Hardneck

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5 responses to “Garlic Fest, Sept 27 2014”

  1. Lynette says:

    What is the best garlic to grow for Zone7 – just south of Knoxville TN

    • Sow True Seed says:

      Hi Lynette,

      You are in a pretty similar zone to us in Asheville and we are fortunate enough to be able to grow both Hardneck and Softneck garlic pretty well. Much further south and you’d be looking at Softnecks. Really cold north will better support Hardnecks. But we don’t experience extremes in either direction so you’re good to go with a garlic of your choice 🙂

  2. Gerry says:

    Hi Lynette: I’ve been growing garlic (mostly elephant variety) for several years in a climate zone (western North Carolina) very similar to yours. Garlic is very forgiving and enjoys wintering over for best results. This is a virtually pest-free plant that’s easy to grow and rewards the patient gardener with a culinary must-have in about 8-9 months. I can’t imagine a world without this amazingly versatile plant. Besides the bulb, if you allow the plant to produce its flower, your garden will be a showplace and the local bees will thank you.

  3. Barbara says:

    Hi there,
    I live in the upper northwest Georgia at about 2000 feet elevation. What is the best garlic to plant in this zone and is it too late to plant now?
    Thank you so much.

    • Sow True Seed says:

      Hi Barbara,
      Garlic planting is typically in the fall. All of our pre-order garlic gets shipped in September. At 2000 you should probably be OK with a hardneck or a softneck variety. The softnecks will tolerate more heat and the hardnecks will tolerate more cold.

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