“So You Think You Can Cook With Garlic?”

Garlic Festival Repeats Popular Facebook Challenge

GILROY, CA --- The aroma of fresh garlic will waft through Facebook as the 34th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival (www.gilroygarlicfestival.com) invites entries for the return of “So You Think You Can Cook with Garlic?” an all-comers cooking challenge that concludes on the Cook-Off Stage on the Festival’s opening day July 27.

The contest is open to amateur chefs age 18 and over who post a video of themselves preparing their recipe on the Festival Facebook page at facebook.com/garlicfestival between April 1 and July 6. The top two entrants with the largest amount of “likes” on Facebook will be invited to prepare their respective recipes in person on the Cook-Off Stage.

The culinary duo will have 60 minutes to prepare, plate and serve their dishes to a panel of judges.

First prize is $700; the runner-up receives $ 300. Ms. Laurie Figone of Petuluma,CA won last year’s inaugural competition with her “Triple G Almost Famous Focaccia Bread”.

Contest rules are available on the Festival Facebook page and at gilroygarlicfestival.com

“The Festival entertains over 100,000 guests each year,” Recipe Committee co- Chairperson Deanna Franklin observed. “And I’ll bet half of them leave proclaiming to their friends that they’ve got a winning garlic recipe. We were delighted with the response last year and we’re anxious to entertain more entries this year.”

The 2012 Gilroy Garlic Festival, presented by Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods, will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 27-29 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. Admission is $17. for adults, $8. for seniors ages 60 and up and $8. for children ages 6-12. Children under age 6 will be admitted free. Parking is free.

Tickets offering a $2. discount on all admissions are available at Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods locations throughout Northern California and at gilroygarlicfestival.com

Information can be obtained by calling the Festival office at (408) 842-1625.