The 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival is bigger, better and bolder than ever before!
The following information is provided for media who will be covering the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival. If you would like to attend the Festival in person (July 28-30, 2017), please submit a Media Credentials Request Form.
For additional information, contact Katherine Filice at 408.852.3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2017
Food Network Superstar Giada De Laurentiis
Emmy award-winning celebrity chef, author, and Food Network superstar Giada De Laurentiis will be appearing at the Festival on Sunday, July 30. Giada will emcee the Garlic Showdown professional chef competition and then prepare one of her own favorite garlic-laced recipes on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. Christopher Ranch is a longtime supporter of the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Garlic Showdown.
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MasterChef Season 7 Winner Shaun O'Neale
Shaun O’Neale, Winner of MasterChef Season 7 on FOX, will be at the Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29. O’Neale will emcee the Champions for Charity cooking competition, show off his “flame-up” skills with the Pyro Chefs in Gourmet Alley, co-emcee the Great Garlic Cook-Off, perform his own cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, and sign copies of his book, My Modern American Table
KRTY Hot Country Acts
Live on the Amphitheater Stage on Sunday, July 30, 95.3 KRTY will welcome exciting new country artists Jacob Davis, Carly Pearce and Aubrey Road.
NEW Gilroy Garlic Shrimp on Gourmet Alley
For the first time in several years, the chefs at Gourmet Alley are introducing a brand-new dish for 2017: the delicious deep-fried Gilroy Garlic Shrimp.
New Wine Garden
The Wine Pavilion has been relocated to the mulberry grove near Gourmet Alley, where visitors can sample award-winning wines from local vintners in an open-air wine garden.
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Recognition
On Friday, July 28, representatives from Guinness World Records will officially recognize the Gilroy Garlic Festival as the world record holder for Largest attendance at a garlic festival.
All Aboard the Garlic Train
This year Caltrain will run a special "Garlic Train" from the San Jose Diridon Station to Gilroy on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30. A shuttle bus will transport guests to and from the Festival. Train tickets include Festival admission and must be purchased in advance online.
Download the Garlic Festival App
The Gilroy Garlic Festival app is available for FREE at the AppStore and Google Play. Features include a live upcoming event feed, map with filters, driving directions, full event schedule, booth listings, and more!
The heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world-famous Gourmet Alley. In this gigantic outdoor kitchen, volunteers serve up all the official food of the Garlic Festival, while the “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets.
Festival visitors enjoy the sounds of live rock ‘n roll, country, jazz, blues, reggae, swing, and more on three entertainment stages. Local acts are featured on Friday. Highlights on the Amphitheater Stage include “Spicy Soul Saturday” and “Hot Country Sunday,” when 95.3 KRTY welcomes new country artists Jacob Davis, Carly Pearce, and Aubrey Road.
Cooking Contests & Celebrity Chef Appearances
On Friday, first responder heroes battle in the Champions for Charity event, emceed by Shaun O’Neale. On Saturday, amateur cooks compete in the Great Garlic Cook-Off, hosted by Shaun O'Neale and Wendy Brodie. Professional chefs take the stage on Sunday for the iron chef-style Garlic Showdown, hosted by Giada De Laurentiis. And BBQ pros and amateurs will compete in the Gilroy Garlic-Que BBQ Challenge (sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society) on Saturday and Sunday.
Arts & Crafts Vendors
The Arts & Crafts areas showcase a colorful variety of unique, high-quality handmade creations from over 100 talented artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more…including garlic bulb hats and henna tattoos!
Fun for the Whole Family
Kids of all ages enjoy lots of fun rides, games, and hands-on activities in the Children’s Area. The Children’s stage features live music, magicians, puppet shows, and more. And there’s plenty of kid-friendly food too!
WHAT'S ON THE MENU
GOURMET ALLEY: THE OFFICIAL FOOD OF THE GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL
- NEW! Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
- Garlic Calamari
- Garlic Scampi
- Pasta con Pesto
- Pepper Steak Sandwich
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Italian Sausage Sandwich
- Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari
- Garlic Fries
- Garlic Bread
- Combo Plates
THROUGHOUT CHRISTMAS HILL PARK
- BBQ Oysters
- Cajun Crawdads
- Blackened Shrimp & Rice
- Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
- Cajun Fried Catfish
- Gourmet Pizza
- Roasted Garlic Chicken Quesadillas
- BBQ Ribs & Turkey Drumsticks
- Garlic Watermelon
- Key Lime Calamari
- Crab Sandwiches
- Garlic Veggie Wrap
- Garlic Kettlecorn
- Garlic Crab Fries
- Vegetarian Falafel Platter
- Philly Cheesesteak
- Mini Donuts
- Fried Chicken Strips with Garlic Sauce
- Gator, Buffalo, or Kangaroo on a Stick
- Bubble Tea Tapioca
DON'T FORGET THE GARLIC ICE CREAM!
Your trip to the Gilroy Garlic Festival is not complete until you’ve tried the famous garlic ice cream! Free samples of garlic soft-serve are available at the OLAM booth on the Park Side (near the Cook-Off Stage).
MEDIA FACT SHEET
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world’s greatest summer food festival, and this year’s event is bigger, better and bolder than ever before! Visitors from around the world enjoy three full days of great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking contests, arts and crafts, and fun for the whole family.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 28, 29 and 30, 2017
10 am – 7 pm (Gates close at 6 pm)
Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California
(30 miles south of San Jose)
Presented by Raley's, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods
General admission: $20
Youth 10-16: $10
Children under 10: FREE
Seniors (60+): $15
Active Duty Military: $15 (must show ID at gate)
Purchase discount tickets online or at any Raley's, Bel Air or Nob Hill Foods.
FUN FESTIVAL FACTS
- Each year, Gilroy Garlic Festival visitors consume more than 2 tons of fresh garlic from Gilroy’s own Christopher Ranch
- Average annual attendance: nearly 100,000
- Total attendance since 1979: 4,298,946
- Over 4,000 volunteers work each year on behalf of over 140 non-profit groups in Gilroy and surrounding communities
- The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has awarded $11,227,280 to community schools and non-profit organizations since 1979