Media Kit

2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Media Kit

The following information is provided for media who will be covering the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival. If you would like to attend the Festival in person (July 26-28, 2019), please submit a Media Credentials Request Form.

Download a .pdf version of the updated 2019 Media Kit.

For additional information, contact Katherine Filice at 408.852.3510 or

The 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival is presented by St. Louise Regional Hospital.


  • Headline Entertainment: Colbie Caillat featuring Gone West

    In a first-ever Saturday evening concert, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat will appear with her new band Gone West live on the Amphitheater Stage. The concert is included with Festival admission, and the grounds will remain open until 8:00 pm so guests can enjoy the show and all the Festival has to offer.

    Gone West is a new Nashville-based band featuring 2-Time Grammy Award Winner Colbie Caillat, multi-platinum singer songwriter Jason Reeves, 4-time Hawaii Music Award Winner Justin Kawika Young, and ACM and CMT nominated artist Nelly Joy.

  • Celebrity Chefs on the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage

    James Beard Award-winning chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Real Housewives star Teresa GiudiceMasterChef Season 9 Winner Gerron Hurt, and Chef Eddie G. from The Great Food Truck Race will all be appearing live on the state-of-the-art Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage.

  • All Aboard the Garlic Train!

    This year, tickets for the popular Caltrain “Garlic Train” (running on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28) will include connecting trips to as far north as San Francisco at no additional charge. With a convenient shuttle bus running to and from the Gilroy station, this is the easiest and most relaxing way to get to the Festival!

  • Celebrating 15 Years of Hot Country with KRTY 95.3

    2019 marks the 15th year of partnering with Hot Country KRTY 95.3 to present exciting live performances by up-and-coming country artists. Past acts that have gone on to big country careers have included Rascal Flatts, Kip Moore, Michael Ray, Dustin Lynch, and many more.

    This year, don’t miss King Calaway, Waterloo Revival, and Caylee Hammack performing live on the Amphitheater Stage on Hot Country Sunday!

  • NEW 2019 Signature Cocktail

    Visit the cocktail booths near entertainment stages on both sides of the park to try the NEW signature cocktail for 2019: a refreshing Whiskey Daisy (similar to a whiskey sour) made with Jameson whiskey. It’s like a little bit of whiskey sunshine! You can also still get the Garlic Festival Mule served in a souvenir copper mug.

  • Download the Garlic Festival App

    The Gilroy Garlic Festival app is available for FREE at the AppStore and Google Play. Features include a live upcoming event feed, map with filters, driving directions, full event schedule, booth listings, and more!



  • Gourmet Alley

    The heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world-famous Gourmet Alley. In this gigantic outdoor kitchen, volunteers serve up all the official food of the Garlic Festival, while the “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show preparing garlic-laced calamari in huge iron skillets.

  • Live Entertainment

    Festival visitors enjoy the sounds of live rock ‘n roll, country, jazz, blues, reggae, swing, and more on three entertainment stages.

  • Cooking Contests

    On Friday, first responders battle in the Champions for Charity event, while aspiring young chefs battle in the Garlic Chef Jr. competition. Saturday is the 41st annual Great Garlic Cook-Off. Professional chefs take the stage on Sunday for the Garlic Showdown. And BBQ pros and amateurs compete in the Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Garlic Braiding & Topping

    At Garlic Grove near the Challenge Butter Cook-Off Stage, you can make your own garlic braid for a fun, free souvenir and watch garlic topping demonstrations presented by Christopher Ranch.

    • Garlic Braiding for All: 1:00 and 3:00 pm
    • Garlic Topping: Women 12:00 pm | Men 2:00 pm
  • Shopping & Souvenirs

    Vendor booths on both sides of the park showcase a colorful variety of fine arts, handmade crafts, and unique, high-quality creations from over 100 talented artisans, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more…even garlic bulb hats and henna tattoos!

  • Fun for the Whole Family

    Kids of all ages enjoy lots of fun rides, games, and hands-on activities—as well as kid-friendly food—in the Children’s Area.


  • Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
  • Garlic Calamari
  • Garlic Scampi
  • Pasta con Pesto
  • Pepper Steak Sandwich
  • Gourmet Sausage Sandwich
  • Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari
  • Garlic Fries
  • Garlic Bread
  • Gourmet Alley Combo Plate

Other food vendors throughout the park offer a wide variety of garlic-laced food and other treats.


Your trip to the Gilroy Garlic Festival is not complete until you’ve tried the famous garlic ice cream! Free samples of garlic soft-serve are available at the OLAM booth on the Park Side (near the Cook-Off Stage).


  • The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has awarded over $11.7 million to community schools and non-profit organizations
    since 1979
  • Over 4,000 volunteers work each year on behalf of over 140 non-profit groups in Gilroy and surrounding communities
  • The Gilroy Garlic Festival was founded in 1979 by Dr. Rudy Melone, Don Christopher, and Val Filice
  • Each year, Gilroy Garlic Festival visitors consume more than 2 tons of fresh garlic from Gilroy’s own Christopher Ranch
  • 2018 attendance: 80,646 
  • Total attendance since 1979: 4,482,259
  • In 2017, the Gilroy Garlic Festival was certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the World’s Largest Garlic Festival