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Hold Your Breath — Here Comes Gilroy Garlic Fest!

Published on: July 16, 2017


They say there is only one way to embrace the smell of garlic on someone else — and that is to eat some, yourself! You can do just that at the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28-30, 2017

On the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Menu

  • Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
  • Garlic Scampi
  • Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari
  • Garlic Fries
  • Roasted Garlic Chicken Quesadillas
  • Garlic Cheesecake
  • Garlic Kettlecorn
  • Garlic Watermelon

Gilroy Garlic Festival

  • 200+ tons of fresh, pungent garlic served
  • Free samples of soft-serve garlic ice cream
  • Caltrain offers “Garlic Train” from San Jose Diridon Station to Gilroy on  July 29 & 30, pre-purchase online required
  • Emmy award-winning Food Network chef, Giada De Laurentiis, emcees Garlic Showdown on July 30. Giada then prepares garlic-laced recipes on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage.
  • 50+ bands, acts
  • On July 28, Guinness World Records recognizes Gilroy Garlic Festival as record holder for largest garlic festival attendance.

California Garlic Farming

  • California is top producer of garlic in U.S.
  • Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of America
  • Top grower in California is Christopher Ranch
  • China is top garlic producer with 75% of world tonnage; U.S. ranks 4th
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