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Photos by Bill Strange Photography and Lara Schraft.
FIRE IN THE HOLE!
The “Pyro Chefs” in Gourmet Alley put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari in huge iron skillets.
Gilroy Garlic Festival visitors enjoy the sounds of live rock ‘n roll, country, jazz, blues, reggae, mariachi, and more on three entertainment stages.
Kids enjoy lots of fun rides, games, and hands-on activities (plus Herbie the Festival mascot!) in the Children's Area.
You can make your own garlic braid and take it home as a souvenir!
The Arts & Crafts areas showcase a colorful variety of unique, high-quality handmade creations from over 100 artists.
The Garlic Mercantile boutiques offer a wide selection of gourmet food products and unique Festival souvenirs.
GREAT GARLICKY FOOD
Be sure to get a Combo Plate from Gourmet Alley so you can try all the Festival favorites!
No trip to the Gilroy Garlic Festival is complete without a free sample of the infamous only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!
LIVE COOKING COMPETITIONS ON THE GARLIC COOK-OFF STAGE
Chefs from CAL FIRE / South Santa Clara County Fire Protection District were victorious in the first-ever Gilroy Garlic Festival Champions for Charity cooking challenge, winning $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Rebecka Evans from Danville, CA won the coveted garlic crown and $5,000 in the 2016 Great Garlic Cook-Off.
Michael Fisher from Fisher's Delicatessen and Catering in Hollister, CA took the $3,000 top prize in the 2016 Garlic Showdown.
SHOWOFF BBQ claimed ultimate bragging rights among amateur BBQ chefs as winner of the first-ever Gilroy Garli-Que Backyard BBQ Rib Throwdown competition
2016 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Kyle Perez-Robinson
2016 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen and her court at the Pageant on May 1
The Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen and princesses (with Mr. Garlic) welcome guests to the 2016 Festival.
Gilroy Garlic Festival co-founder Don Christopher and his wife Karen
POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS
Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes at Gourmet Alley slicing, chopping, cooking and serving great garlicky food – all to raise money for local schools and non-profit organizations. Over 4,000 volunteers work each year to host the Gilroy Garlic Festival.