37 Cloves or Bust! Contestants in Great Gilroy Garlic Eating Contest to Attempt Official World Record

2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 28, 29 and 30, 2017



37 Cloves or Bust! Contestants in Great Gilroy Garlic Eating Contest to Attempt Official World Record

May 18, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival is seeking applicants for the first-ever Great Gilroy Garlic Eating Contest on Friday, July 28, 2017. Representatives from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ will be present at the Festival to certify if the winner breaks the official world record for Most cloves of garlic eaten in one minute.

The current world record is 36 cloves, set by Patrick Bertoletti at Sierra Studios in East Dundee, IL, on January 14, 2012.

Mike Zukowski, President of the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival, stated, “Breaking a world record seems like a great way to kick off the first day of the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival, which is going to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before!”

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately on the Festival website: www.gilroygarlicfestival.com. To be eligible, prospective participants must complete an online application and post a video of themselves eating five whole cloves of raw garlic on social media with the hashtags #garlicfest17 and #37clovesorbust. All entries must be submitted by midnight PDT on June 23, 2017. Contestants must be age 21 by July 28, 2017.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association will select up to ten contestants to compete in the official contest on Friday, July 28 on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Finalists will be notified by July 1 and will receive two free admission tickets to the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival and two coupons for Combo Plates from Gourmet Alley. Contestants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Festival.

Whether or not a world record is broken, the winner of the Garlic Eating Contest will receive VIP Tickets for the 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival and ultimate bragging rights (not to mention ultimate garlic breath)!

Official contest rules and online application forms are posted at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.



About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 28, 29, and 30, 2017, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this annual event draws tens of thousands of guests from around the world for a three-day celebration of great garlicky food, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. For more information or to purchase discounted tickets online, visit www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.

Media Contact: Katherine Filice mediarelations@gilroygarlicfestival.com 408.710.8066