Get Ready for a Bigger, Better and Bolder Gilroy Garlic Festival

2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 28, 29 and 30, 2017



Get Ready for a Bigger, Better and Bolder Gilroy Garlic Festival

June 29, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): Organizers of the Gilroy Garlic Festival, already known as the world’s greatest summer food festival, have proclaimed this year’s event on July 28, 29, and 30 as “bigger, better and bolder than ever before.” Thousands of garlic lovers from across the globe are expected to attend the three-day celebration to enjoy great garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and celebrity chef appearances—all topped off by the Festival’s famous (and free) garlic ice cream!

This year the Gilroy Garlic Festival is welcoming some of the culinary world’s greatest stars to the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. Emmy-award-winning celebrity chef, author, and Food Network superstar Giada De Laurentiis will be appearing 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.

Shaun O’Neale, winner of MasterChef Season 7 on FOX, will emcee the Champions for Charity cooking competition on Friday, July 28 and show off his “flame-up” skills with the Pyro Chefs in Gourmet Alley. On Saturday, July 29, O’Neale will serve as judge in the Great Garlic Cook-Off (presented by South County Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram) and perform his own cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. O’Neale will also be signing copies of his new cookbook, My Modern American Table.

In addition to the cooking competitions going on all three days on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is also hosting the second annual Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge, which combines an officially sanctioned Kansas City Barbeque Society contest on Saturday with a Backyard BBQ Ribs Challenge for amateurs on Sunday. Guests can purchase samples and then cast their votes for the “People’s Choice” awards.

The heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world-famous Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets while hundreds of volunteers serve up all the official food of the Garlic Festival. For the first time in several years, the Gourmet Alley chefs are introducing a brand-new dish: deep-fried Gilroy Garlic Shrimp. Other Alley favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, scampi, pasta con pesto, stuffed mushrooms, zesty garlic fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as garlic fries and garlic bread.

Other vendor booths around the park offer a wide range of food and beverages, serving up everything from BBQ Oysters to Garlic Watermelon to Bubble Tapioca Tea. For 2017, the former Wine Pavilion has been relocated to the mulberry grove near Gourmet Alley. Festival visitors can now sample award-winning wines from local vintners in an open-air wine garden.

Guests at the three-day festival will also enjoy live entertainment on three stages, with a little something for everyone, including rock ‘n roll, country, jazz, blues, reggae, and swing. On Friday (July 28), the Festival will spotlight popular local performers. Visitors on Saturday (July 29) can enjoy the sounds of “Spicy Soul Saturday,” with three soul/dance bands performing back-to-back on the Amphitheater Stage. And on Sunday (July 30), KRTY 95.3 hosts “Hot Country Sunday,” featuring up-and-coming country artists. After the KRTY acts, the Festival welcomes back the popular dance band Entourage.

The Arts and Crafts areas on both sides of the park showcase unique, high-quality creations from over 100 artists, while the Garlic Mercantile stores offer shirts, gourmet products, cookbooks, wine glasses, and many other Festival souvenirs. Younger guests will find live entertainment, rides, and hands-on arts and crafts activities in the Children’s Area, which has been relocated near the Amphitheater stage. Visitors can even learn how to make their own garlic braid and take it home as a unique souvenir.

This year visitors can take Caltrain to the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 29, or Sunday, July 30. Round-trip tickets must be purchased online in advance for the special event “Garlic Train,” which departs from the San Jose Diridon Station at 10:00 am. The Garlic Train ticket includes a shuttle bus from the downtown Gilroy train station as well as admission to the Festival. The return train departs from Gilroy at 5:00 pm. Riders from as far north as San Francisco can use regular weekend peninsula Caltrain service to connect with the Garlic Train in San Jose; peninsula tickets must be purchased separately from Caltrain.

Visitors are encouraged to download the free award-winning Gilroy Garlic Festival app (available from the App Store and Google Play) before they arrive. Features include a live upcoming event feed, map with filters, driving directions, full event schedule, booth listings, and more.

The 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival, presented by Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill Foods, will run from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 28-30, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 60+, $10 for youths ages 10-16, and free for children under 10. Parking is $10 per vehicle and includes shuttle buses to and from the Festival entrance. Gates close at 6:00 pm.

Discount tickets are available online at and at any Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods stores.



About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held July 28, 29, and 30, 2017, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this annual event draws tens of thousands of guests from around the world for a three-day celebration of great garlicky food, live entertainment, and fun for the whole family. Discount tickets are available online at and at Raley's, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods stores.

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