Last Call for the 2017 Great Garlic Cook-Off: Original Recipe Submissions Due May 1

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


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Last Call for the 2017 Great Garlic Cook-Off:
Original Recipe Submissions Due May 1

April 19, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival is accepting recipe submissions for the 2017 Great Garlic Cook-Off amateur cooking competition now through May 1. Eight finalists will be selected to compete on stage at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 29, 2017 for the coveted garlic crown and a grand prize of $5,000.

According to Recipe Contest Chair Marcie Morrow, each original recipe must include a minimum of six cloves of fresh garlic or three teaspoons of chopped or minced garlic. The recipes will be prepared on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage and must be plated and served to a panel of six judges in two hours’ time. The winner receives a cash prize of $5,000. Second place wins $2,500, and third place wins $1,000. The eight finalists also receive travel and lodging accommodations.

In the 2016 competition, Rebecka Evans from Danville, California beat out seven other finalists to claim the garlic crown with her winning dish of “Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé with Creamy Garlic Mustard Sauce.” Other recent winners have included “Shakshuka with Deep Fried Garlic,” and “Sarsaparilla Glazed Wild West Burgers and Southwest Sweet Potatoes.”

Entries must be submitted online at no later than May 1, 2017. Submissions should be provided in recipe form and accompanied by a photograph of the final dish. Entries are limited to two recipes per person. Complete contest rules are posted at


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. For more information or to purchase discounted tickets online, visit

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