Garlic Fest 2013 Coverage: The Five Weirdest Ways to Eat Garlic

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2. Hollywood-based Totally Bananas brought classic chocolate-dipped frozen bananas to the fest, but the Havana Banana, crusted with garlic plantain chips, was the most creative selection in the bunch. Using "cooking banana" (plantain) as a topping on a "dessert banana" and adding garlic to the mix drew a lot of attention from festival-goers, as the item proved popular throughout the weekend.

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1. Garlic ice cream is practically the poster child for Garlic Fest. A novelty item that demonstrates just how dedicated the fest is to the pungent ingredient. But how does it actually taste? Honestly, a lot like vanilla soft-serve ice cream. It's not gross, but it's not, like, great. Try it next year, just so you can say you did.

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Sunday afternoon saw the final showdown in Garlic Chef Stadium, where Chuck Gittleman (of Karma Sushi Steakbar) and Bruce Feingold (of Dada) threw down in front of a lively crowd.

Feingold, who had a sizable and very enthusiastic cheering section, beat out Gittleman -- the 2011 and 2012 champ -- for the title of Garlic Chef Champion. His prizes included $1,000, a plaque, and bragging rights. Feingold credited his young son for being his "good luck charm" and confirmed he'll use $100 of his prize winnings to buy the kid a fancy Lego set as a way of saying thanks. Gittleman, who took second place, nabbed $500 for his efforts.

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Tricia Woolfenden Boot
Tricia Woolfenden Boot

Next year, they should sell garlic ice cream sundaes with minced garlic in place of chopped nuts.


The Havana Banana was fantastic!  The mixture of the the salty plantain with garlic flavoring and the sweet chocolate and banana was delicious!

Marlisa Santos
Marlisa Santos

Garlic Fest was fun, but the garlic ice cream was, um, a little scammy. No discernible garlic there.

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