Recipe Submissions for 2014 Great Garlic Cook-Off Now Being Accepted

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is accepting recipe submissions for the 2014 Great Garlic Cook-Off amateur cooking competition now through May 1, 2014. Eight finalists will be selected to compete on stage at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 26, 2014 for the coveted garlic crown and a grand prize of $5,000.

According to Recipe Contest Committee Co-Chairs Michael Davis and Barbara Mauro, each original recipe must include a minimum of six cloves of fresh garlic or three teaspoons of chopped or minced garlic. The recipes will be prepared on stage at the Garlic Cook-Off Theater and must be plated and served to a panel of six judges in two hours’ time. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000. Second place wins $2,500, and third place wins $1,000. The eight finalists also receive travel and lodging accommodations.

The 2013 Great Garlic Cook-Off Winner was Karen Harris from Colorado, whose “Carnival Style Fish Sticks with Lemony Jalapeno Mayonnaise and Spicy Apple Kohlrabi Slaw” wowed the panel of celebrity judges.

Entries can be submitted via email to or mailed to:

Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook-Off
P.O. Box 2311
Gilroy, CA 95021-2311

Submissions should be provided in recipe form and accompanied by a photograph of the final dish. Entries are limited to two recipes per person.

The 36th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 25, 26, and 27, 2014, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this annual event draws more than 100,000 guests each year for a three-day celebration of great garlicky food, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. For more information and complete contest rules, see