For all three days of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, you’ll find cooking demonstrations, exciting competitions, and helpful Q&A sessions at the state-of-the-art Great Garlic Cook-Off Stage.

Major competitions are listed below; a more detailed schedule will be posted in July.

Friday – July 29, 2016

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Champions for Charity

Four teams of first responders (including firefighters, police officers, and EMTs) will compete in three elimination rounds including Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. A panel of judges will evaluate taste, creativity, appearance and use of garlic to determine who will be moving on to the next round. The winning team will be awarded $3,000 to donate to a charity of their choice!

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Saturday – July 30, 2016

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Great Garlic Cook-Off Contest

Eight amateur chefs from across the country compete for the coveted garlic crown and $5,000 cash prize.

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Sunday – July 31, 2016

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Garlic Showdown

Four professional chefs face off in an “Iron Chef” style competition for a $3,000 cash prize and the ultimate bragging rights.