The Bi-Whenever* Newsletter of Minnesota Garlic Festival
Minnesota Garlic Festival
- FESTIVAL CHEF WRANGLER TO BE EXPOSED BY FAMOUS TV PERSONALITY
- FAMOUS TV PERSONALITY TO BE EXPOSED BY FESTIVAL CHEF WRANGLER
- A PUZZLER ABOUT RESTAURANTS
- A BUNCH OF ZEROS
- VOLUNTEER IF YOU’RE CHEAP
- UPSCALE UPCYCLE FASHION SHOW
- PROMENADE GRAND MARSHALS ARE OLDER THAN YOU ARE
- ANOTHER PUZZLER
You can read past issues of The Stinky News at the festival website, www.mngarlicfest.com; just look for the links on the left side of the page.
FESTIVAL CHEF WRANGLER TO BE EXPOSED BY FAMOUS TV PERSONALITY
Mary Jane Miller holds several titles. At the Garlic Festival, she is Chef Wrangler, Maven of Mmmm, and Flamen of Flavor. But to KTSP-TV’s Elizabeth Ries, host of Twin Cities Live, Mary Jane is “my go-to gal for good grub”**, and she’s gone to Mary Jane for a special garlic cooking segment to be aired live on Wednesday, August 8. Ms. Miller will feature grass-fed beef from Thousand Hills Cattle Company – a sponsor of the Garlic Festival – and will once again prove that there is no such thing as too much garlic when cooking great beef. Mary Jane is delighted to be working with Thousand Hills, especially since the ill-considered Colorado deal, as previously reported in The Stinky News, fell through.
FAMOUS TV PERSONALITY TO BE EXPOSED BY FESTIVAL CHEF WRANGLER
Elizabeth Ries wears several hats. She’s the host of KTSP-TV’s “Twin Cities Live”, a much-followed blogger, radio personality on myTalk 107 with her “Dirt Alerts”***, and, most recently, a food writer. But to MN Garlic Festival’s Mary Jane Miller, host of the Chef Cooking Demos, Elizabeth is “my go-to gal when I need a big name to fill out the schedule”**, and Mary Jane has gone to Elizabeth to demonstrate her favorite garlicky recipes, once again proving that there’s no such thing as too much garlic. Elizabeth is delighted to be invited to appear at MN Garlic Festival, especially since the negotiations with the Twine Ball Festival fell through.
So, tune in to the Local Foods/Local Arts Stage on Saturday, 8/11, at 5:00 p.m.
Our esteemed ombudsman, U. Kant Printhat, left a note clipped to his resignation letter informing us that the next article uses a term that means “in the nude,” whereas, he suspects, we meant to use a term that means “outdoors.” He went on to write that, despite the fact that the article contains important information about chefs and food at the festival, we are liable to legal action from Will Shortz.
A PUZZLER ABOUT RESTAURANTS
Here’s today’s first Puzzler:
Read this list of fine restaurants. Match the name of the restaurant in the first list with the name of the chef who works there in the second list. Then rearrange the order to reveal the answer to the question: “What do they all have in common?”
A Chef or Sous Chef from Brasa
Here’s a hint: the answer is kind of goofy.
Answer: They all appear in this issue of The Stinky News!
Not only that, but all of them are involved in creating THE GREAT SCAPE – Garlic Festival’s own cafe – this year. And when we say “Involved” we mean they are designing the menu, bringing all kinds of local foods, and, along with their dedicated staff, actually doing the cooking and serving.
And here’s the kicker: they DONATE all this! They believe so firmly in the mission of Sustainable Farming Association and the MN Garlic Festival, that they give their time and resources to make this all happen. Then we use the proceeds from the festival to support sustainable farming education programs throughout the year.
So, come early, stay all day, and have a couple of meals in the charming au natural setting of THE GREAT SCAPE CAFE!
P.S. In case you missed the big news, you can now have a Minnesota Wine or Craft Beer with your meal.
A BUNCH OF ZEROS
MN Garlic Festival is a Zero Waste Event, so stop wasting those zeros! Next time you write a donation check to Sustainable Farming Association, or donate online, recycle all your unused zeros by adding them on to the end of the amount.
VOLUNTEER IF YOU’RE CHEAP
“Raise your hand if you’re cheap!”
When our Editor in Chief, Al Liam Bulb, announced that over the intercom at Stinky News World Headquarters, there was a sea of hands above the cubicle walls.
“Good,” he went on, “I expect all of you to volunteer to work at the festival. You’ll not only get free admission, but one of those bright red staff t-shirts, too. And you real cheapos will love this: you can go the the Information Booth and get a voucher for a free meal at The Great Scape Cafe!”
And now, for the first time since the last time we did this, YOU can be a cheapo by volunteering to work at the festival!
Go here for all the free information:
UPSCALE UPCYCLE FASHION SHOW
August 11, at the Festival
12:30 & 3:00 p.m.
Announcing the UPcycled Fashion Style Show featuring “Green Couture” provided by the Fiber and Fabric Arts Guild of the Hutchinson area.
The models for this ‘moving art exhibit’ are Fiber & Fabric Arts Guild members and producers of the wearable arts – clothing items that are recycled garments with added embellishments. A special guest artist, Sienna Nesser, will also grace the runway with her dress made entirely of Pantone color samples, and another outfit constructed from used garden hoses – “gartenhosen.”
These “shabby chic” designs are created from previously-loved garments with old jewelry and newly added bling, and may include a farrago of fabrics from tablecloths, curtains, and even the sofa****.
This event, produced by The Fiber and Fabric Arts Guild, features eco-friendly fashion designer Carreen Pierson as emcee, assisted by her daughter Ciara.
“I have always loved sewing,” said Carreen from her home in Hutchinson. “I grew up with the passion to create lovely things. Sewing was an affordable way to have designer dresses and I began making outfits from vintage pieces and started recycling fabrics way before it was popular. I even sewed the bridesmaid’s dresses for my wedding. Over the years I have used runners, satin bed sheets, chenille quilts, old jackets, old jeans. I also have made jewelry out of recycled plastic pop bottles…Just about anything – whatever was around instead of giving it to Goodwill or throwing it in the trash and making more trash, I made new things.”
PROMENADE GRAND MARSHALS ARE OLDER THAN YOU ARE
The Festival Grand Marshals are 274 years old.
This year we are recognizing three incredible people – incredible not only for having lived as long as they have, but also because they are some of the oldest living leaders in the sustainable farming movement. They continue to serve as mentors and to encourage their families and friends to be good stewards of the land; and all three of them live on their original farms. They are:
- June Sutton, Delano, 97, has always lived on her farm, and now has cattle and vegetables.
- Lorraine Peterson, 87, is the Matriarch of Peterson Produce in Delano.
- Willard Kreitlow, 90, of Howard Lake, still farms with his daughter and son-in-law, and is a leader in the conservation/parks effort in Wright County.
These special people believe in staying active, eating well and working hard. But they’re going to take a break to honor us as the Grand Marshals of the Peculiar Pragmatic Promenade that parades the Garlic Festival grounds beginning at 1:37 p.m.
Imagine you are planning to go to the Garlic Festival with your friends and family. You intend to drive your 1972 AMC Pacer. You know that taking your family will mean there are five people plus the dog. At the first stop, you will leave the dog at the kennel because you know that pets are not allowed at the festival. At the second stop you will pick up your friends, Lynne and Lynn. At the third stop, you will drop Lynn off at the Twine Ball Festival (She will catch a ride with her friend Linn later), and pick up your nephew who would rather go to Garlic Fest because he thinks Twine Ball Fest is lame. At the next stop, you will pick up your co-workers, Robert, Roberta, Bobbette, Bobbie and Bob. But Bob will want to be dropped off at the Fleet Farm to get a new tubplucker for his chickens, and then will walk over to the festival from there.
So the question is:
Where do you go to download 2-for-1 ticket coupons so that half of these people get in free?
MINNESOTA GARLIC FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 11, 2012
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson
No Pets, Please!
Rain or Shine
Sustainable Farming Association of MN
Festival of Farms: click here
MN Garlic Festival: click here
SFA’s Facebook: click here
* The editorial staff here at Stinky News International Tower (SNIT) were downright giddy to discover that such terms at “bimonthly” and “biyearly” can mean twice a month (or year) OR every second month (or year). The Oxford American Dictionary recommends “the only way to avoid this ambiguity is to use alternative expressions like twice a month or every two months.” Or bi-whenever.
** She didn’t actually say this, but we’re hoping she will.
*** In her “Dirt Alerts,” Elizabeth discusses organic soil fertility practices as used in the gardens of the rich and famous.
**** The fashion critics at the Stinky News Arts and Fashion Union (SNAFU) find it abstruse that a model could wear a sofa.