Great Garlic Cook-off Bumps Top Prize to $5,000

The internationally acclaimed Great Garlic Cook-off, the signature event of the Gilroy Garlic Festival has increased the top prize in the July 27th competition to $5,000, event organizers announced today.

The Festival is accepting recipe submissions for the amateur cooking competition through May 1, 2013, Recipe Committee co- Chairpersons, Renee Harrigan and Ken Fry Crispy Pork Belly with Caramelized Onion and Fig Agrodolce and Creamy Polenta by contestant Laureen Pittman, of Riverside, CA won last year’s globally chronicled competition.

"Celebrating 35 Summers of Fun," the Garlic Festival, presented by Raley's, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods, will entertain over 100,000 guests July 26-28 here.

Eight finalists from the initial field of entries will be selected to appear on stage July 27 at the Great Garlic 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. The recipes will be prepared, plated and served to a panel of six judges in two hours time.

The eight finalists receive travel and lodging accommodations.

In addition to the increased top prize, second prize has been bumped to $2,500 and third prize to $1,000.

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. Entries are limited to two recipes per person.

The 2013 Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 26-28 at Christmas Hill Park, located 35 miles south of San Jose along Highway 101.

More information on the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the Great Garlic Cook-off, including video highlights of last year's competition, is available online at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com

Great Garlic Cook-Off rules, a list of the 34 past champions and the top 3 recipes from 2012 are available at:

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