Heroes Wanted! 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Seeking Contestants for Champions for Charity Competition

2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 26, 27 & 28, 2019



Heroes Wanted! 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Seeking Contestants for Champions for Charity Competition

April 9, 2019 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival is inviting teams of local first responders and military professionals to compete in the fourth annual “Champions for Charity” challenge at the 2019 Festival. Teams will compete in a three-round cooking challenge on Friday, July 26 to win $3,000 for the charity of their choice.

Four teams of two will be selected to compete in three elimination rounds including Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. After each round, a panel of judges will evaluate taste, creativity, appearance and use of garlic to determine who will move on to the next round. The winning team will get the ultimate bragging rights—and will be awarded $3,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Denise Buessing, Co-Chair of the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Recipe Contest Committee, said, “We love having this event kick off three days of intense cooking competitions on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. It’s amazing to see what our community heroes can do in the kitchen—and it’s truly inspiring to see them competing to earn money for their favorite charity!”

Local firefighters, police officers, EMS professionals and military personnel are encouraged to apply for this event in teams of two. Both parties competing must be non-professional chefs. Online applications can be found at gilroygarlicfestival.com and must be submitted by May 1, 2019.


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be on July 26, 27, and 28, 2019, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws thousands of garlic-loving guests from around the globe every year. This three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.


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