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Monday, April 21, 2008

Town of Geneva Park Commission to hold Garlic Mustard Fest

--- Third annual Mustard Garlic Fest will be held May 3.

Early settlers originally imported garlic mustard to America as an herb to flavor food. Today, it's considered one of the toughest invasive species of plants to eradicate.

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Judges John Packard and Penny Wagner, members of the Park Commission, sample the garlic mustard recipes submitted for the recipe contest at last year's Garlic Mustard Fest.
Whatever kept the plant under control in the Old World is long gone.

This plant eventually escaped the settlers' gardens in the East and is marching across the country snuffing out native species along the way.

It loves the shady woodlands where it flourishes to the detriment of woodland wildflowers and even forests.

To help highlight the damage done by the plant, the town of Geneva Park Commission will be hosting Garlic Mustard Fest for the third year.

The event is planned for Saturday, May 3 at Duck Lake Nature Trail.

Mustard Fest started small with folks coming out to see who could pick the most garlic mustard and win a prize and included an egg hunt among the garlic mustard for the children.

Since garlic mustard is an edible herb, Park Commission members have prepared food using garlic mustard as an ingredient for participants to sample.

Recipe books will also be given to participants.

Again, this year there will be a $25 cash prize for best recipe submitted Saturday morning.

Contestants need to bring a sample of their recipe for the judges to taste and written instructions for their recipe.

Not only will a contestant win a prize but his/her name will be added to the Silver Spoon Award which hangs in the town hall.

For more information, go to www.townofgenevawi.com under town news, or call Terri, (262) 245-9885, or come to the town of Geneva's Earth Day Celebration April 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the flagpole on the north side of Lake Como.

To Do:
What: Third Annual Garlic Mustard Fest
Where: Duck Lake Nature Trail, east end entrance off north Highway H Lake Geneva and Edgewood Drive in the Edgewood Hills subdivision (watch for Fest signs).
When: Saturday, May 3, 9-11:30 a.m.
Info: www.townofgenevawi.com

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