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Thomas Boemer pig roast at Minnesota Garlic Festival

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We don't want to beat the drum too much more drastically than we already have about Thomas Boemer's big win at the Cochon 555 nationals, probably the biggest, big-deal pork competition in the country, but you know? It is pretty cool. 

You know what else is pretty cool? That Boemer, despite being one of the most important chefs in town, and now the country for that matter, has not forgotten his humble Minnesota roots. So many of his good, down-home Midwestern qualities has he retained that he's going to be firing up a good old-fashioned pig roast at the upcoming Hutchinson, Minnesota Garlic Festival, now in its 10th year. 

Naturally, a garlic festival is all about garlic, in season now, and Boemer, never one to shrink from a challenge, will undoubtedly be utilizing the stinky rose that day.  

And even if he didn't, let's count the other ways you'll get to consume, smell, and otherwise appreciate Minnesota garlic at this little fete:

Did you know there are over 100 varieties of garlic grown in Minnesota? They'll all be here, harvested in July and cured to perfection just in time for the festival.

Cooking demos from some big name local chefs and restos, including Pete Campbell of Red Wagon Pizza, a guy who knows just what to do with garlic so it makes us weak in the knees. Lots of others too, check their site for updates. 

If there's something Thomas Boemer can't do with pig, we don't know about it. Come see what he does with pig and garlic at the upcoming MN Garlic Festival.

If there's something Thomas Boemer can't do with pig, we don't know about it. Come see what he does with pig and garlic at the upcoming MN Garlic Festival.

Bunches of games for the kiddos, both garlic-centric and not. 

Garlic ice cream. 

And really, it just gives you a great excuse to get out into the country, eat a bunch of garlicky delights, thank the farmers who make pizza and pasta and, well, ice cream (we guess) more delicious, and to cut loose a little before the snow flies. And hey, you can keep garlic in your kitchen for an entire year, so take home plenty of souvenirs to remind you of the stinky, verdant, halcyon days of August. 

Saturday, August 15

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

McLeod County Fairgrounds 

840 Century Ave. SW, Hutchinson