Aug. 24, 2012

Contact: Bevin Theodore, Director of PR & Communications


800-25-PEACE, ext. 7797

 Come to 14th annual garlic festival to benefit KidsPeace New England 


SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Local restaurants, musicians, brewers and garlic growers will come together Sept. 8 for the 14th annual garlic festival to benefit KidsPeace New England Autism Spectrum Disorders Program.

Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor will be the place to sample everything from sausage and peppers and fish and chips to garlic brownies and garlic cotton candy. The event, presented by Nostrano, runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and typically draws more than 800 people.

Frank Pendola, who started the garlic festival with just a few friends who gathered to celebrate the harvesting of his garlic crop, says he enjoys the chance to make a difference with the event.

“Life is good; I’ve been blessed and it’s time to give back,” he says in this year’s event brochure. “This festival is a perfect way to bring my chef friends together and put on a good show of our specialties.”

In addition to tasty food, the festival boasts music and other entertainment, including dog agility demonstrations. Admission is $5 per person for the day. For more information on the event, or sponsorship opportunities, visit then click on Special Events. 

KidsPeace is proud to celebrate 130 years of living out our mission to give hope, help and healing to children, families and the communities we serve. Follow us on Facebook at or on Twitter @kidspeace.

About KidsPeace

Founded in 1882, KidsPeace is dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents, teens and young adults, offering a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based programs to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities. KidsPeace offers services in Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.