34th Great Garlic Cook-Off Accepting Recipe Entries

GILROY, CA --- The 34th Gilroy Garlic Festival ( gilroygarlicfestival.com ) will accept recipe submissions for the Great Garlic Cook-Off amateur cooking competition through May 1, 2012, Recipe Committee chairperson Ms. Deanna Franklin said today.

Stacked Steak Napoleon on Garlic Paper with Asparagus, Radicchio, Shiitakes and Stilton prepared by Ms. Jamie Brown-Miller, Napa, CA captured top honors at last year’s event.

The July 28 Great Garlic Cook-Off is the headline event of the internationally recognized
three day Festival, presented by Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods, July 27-29.

Eight finalists from the initial field of entries will be selected to appear on-stage at the Cook-Off to present their creation. Original recipes must include a minimum of six cloves of fresh garlic or three teaspoons of chopped or minced garlic. At the Cook-Off the recipes must be prepared, plated and served to a panel of six judges in two hours time.

The eight finalists receive travel and lodging accommodations.

The 2012 Great Garlic Cook-Off Champion will receive $1,000 and the ceremonial crown of garlic; second prize is $750; third prize is $500.

Entries can be submitted to the Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook-Off, P.O. Box 2311,
Gilroy, CA 95021-2311 or via email to clove@gilroygarlicfestival.com

Submissions should be provided in recipe form and accompanied by a photograph of the final dish.

The 2012 Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 27-29 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy,
Located 35 miles south of San Jose along Highway 101.