Aug. 19, 2013


Frank Pendola

Owner, Nostrano



Chris Sylvester

Director of Residential Services

KidsPeace New England



 15th Annual MDI Garlic Festival to benefit 

 KidsPeace New England Autism Spectrum Disorders Program 


The Sept. 14 event is presented by Nostrano

The public is invited to celebrate the annual harvest of the Maine garlic crop at the 15th Annual MDI Garlic Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Smuggler’s Den Campground in Southwest Harbor.

Presented by Nostrano, owned and operated by Chef Frank Pendola, the event will feature garlic dish tastings from numerous local restaurants; a farmers’ market; garlic growers; live music with the Chris Humphrey Big Band, Therapy Dogs International, the Crescent Kennel Club and much more. Admission is a $5 donation to KidsPeace.

In the fall of 1998, Pendola and a few of his friends gathered to enjoy a variety of foods cooked with garlic. They smoked meats and made “Garlic Festival” t-shirts. The following year, the chef and his friends cooked for 100 people, and 350 friends and neighbors showed up. Since then, the festival has grown and has raised thousands of dollars for local nonprofits. Join us for a good family fun day.

Event sponsors include: WNSX 97.7 FM, Smuggler’s Den Campground, Darling’s AutoMall, Granville Rental, MDI Concrete, Maine Camp Outfitters and Subway.


About KidsPeace

For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit Follow us at or on Twitter @KidsPeace.