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questions on garlic festival, saugerties.

i haven't been before - missed it the past two years for various reasons - but will likely be attending this year. the only problem? i''ll be in nj on saturday/sunday morning, with friends, and will not be up to saugerties til (at the earliest) sunday at 11. and i can't stay all day.

so...i'm hoping to see ric orlando cook, since i like his restaurant. and i've read through all the previous posts using the search feature. so, here are my questions...

> if i arrive between 11 and 12, are there any hidden places to park that aren't as well-known?
> what are the must-eat foods or the names of the places which have it? for example, i know many love the garlic fudge; is there one vendor with a FUDGE! sign, or are there many - who is the one with the fudge? and what other foods?
> i'm assuming there are some samples, the old chatham cheese was highly recommended; which others as well?
> i will look at the generic food court last on the way out.

thanks for any advice and suggestions...

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  1. Basically you will have to park where they tell you. You will be part of a mile long line of cars along the thruway and into town.

    There is only one fudge place, from a local town, they will have all the usual types of fudge plus garlic which they only make for the festival. I think it is the best thing about the festival.

    There are samples but usually they are pretty stingy little crumbs. At the website for the festival you can see who the vendors are. Nothing jumps out to recommend but the food area wasn't that big the last few times I went that I couldn't sample everything I wanted within 30 minutes. But I just looked at ths years vendor list and it was HUGE.

    In the past the food row wasn't generic. There were many booths that were specific to this festival and were pretty good, serving interesting things that actually were food. Hopefully this hasn't changed.

    I haven't been for 2-3 years because the last few times I went I felt it had lost its original vibe and the whole thing had become much more commercial. That said its still worth going once. I hope you like crowds of annoying people.

    Hudson Valley Garlic Festival website
    http://www.hvgf.org/default.asp

    1. there is a parking lot across the street, i think. the garlic festival is a lot of fun. i can't remember specifically what food there is. the only thing i can tell you is AVOID the garlic ice cream!

      1. I went last year. Its unbelievably well attended. I mean literally miles of parked cars and tens of thousands of people. But its fun crowded.

        The "farmers market" area was my favorite. Justs dozens of fresh garlic (to eat or plant) merchants and lots of free tasting. Great stuff! I got around half a dozen varieties and grew a few dozen plants this year. Back there was also a donut maker with nice freshly fried donuts and you could get a free garlic dip with the dough - Do it! Best food I ate there. Also some very good pesto, one from Woodstock which was awsome and one from Binghamton which was good.

        Generally, the food in the food area (which is also big) was gross. Disappointing, I know. Lots of stuff like boiled supermarket hot dogs but with garlic pieces on top. So if there was great prepared food there, I missed it.

        Good crafts, t-shirts, great garlic. Lots of fun!!!!!!

        www.wesfoodie.com

        1. I went last year, and the only thing I ate that I remember well, was the steamed clams in garlic. They were fresh, tasty and the garlic and oil mixture was just right. I think they may have come with an ear of corn or something, kinda like a mini clam bake. But then again My memory is poor, I do remember clams, garlic, and it was really good.

          1. thanks for the suggestions; i'll report back in if i'm able to make it, which is more in doubt now; woke up with a cold and the weather is overcast/rainy all weekend up here..

            for those outside the area, strong chance of t'storms and wind gusts tomorrow, so pack accordingly...

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            1. re: bob gaj

              we went last year and will attend this coming weekend as well. while it is no gilroy, it's still alot of fun!