2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival Media Kit
The following information is provided for media who will be covering the 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival. If you would like to attend the Festival in person (July 27-29, 2018), please submit a Media Credentials Request Form.
For additional information, contact Katherine Filice at 408.852.3510 or email@example.com.
WHAT'S NEW IN 2018
Celebrating 40 Years of Family Fun
Enjoy a vintage 1970s vibe throughout the Festival as we celebrate our 40th year. We're planning to party like it's 1979!
Celebrity Chefs on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage
MasterChef Season 7 Winner Shaun O'Neale will host the Champions for Charity and Garlic Chef Jr. competitions on Friday. On Saturday, Olympic champion and Food Network star Brian Boitano hosts the Great Garlic Cook-Off. And on Sunday, Iron Chef Michael Symon will preside over the Garlic Showdown. Each chef will also perform his own cooking demonstration and answer questions from the audience.
New Kids' Cooking Competition
Inspired by popular TV shows like MasterChef Junior and Kids Baking Championship, this year the Festival will have a “Garlic Chef Junior” contest on Friday afternoon for young chefs ages 18 & under.
KRTY Hot Country Acts
Live on the Amphitheater Stage on Sunday, July 29, 95.3 KRTY will welcome exciting new country artists Mitchell Tenpenny, Travis Denning, and Cale Dodds.
NEW Electric Clove Electronic Dance Music Venue
On Friday and Saturday, DJs will be spinning tracks in a brand-new EDM venue.
The Great Garlic Giveaway
Founder Don Christopher and Christopher Ranch have been part of the Gilroy Garlic Festival for four decades now. To celebrate, they’ll be giving a year’s worth of garlic to four lucky winners…and they’ll also be giving away FREE genuine California-grown garlic bulbs to the first 4,000 Festival guests each morning!
All Aboard the Garlic Train
This year Caltrain will run a special "Garlic Train" from the San Jose Diridon Station to Gilroy on Saturday, July 28 or Sunday, July 29. A shuttle bus will transport guests to and from the Festival. Train tickets include Festival admission and must be purchased in advance online.
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!
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.
Festival visitors enjoy the sounds of live rock ‘n roll, country, jazz, blues, reggae, swing, and more on three entertainment stages. Local acts are featured on Friday. Highlights on the Amphitheater Stage include “Spicy Soul Saturday” and “Hot Country Sunday,” when 95.3 KRTY welcomes new country artists Mitchell
Tenpenny, Travis Denning, and Cale Dodds.
On Friday, first responders battle in the Champions for Charity event, while aspiring young chefs battle in the first-ever Garlic Chef Jr. competition. Both events will be emceed by Shaun O’Neale. On Saturday, Brian Boitano hosts the 40th annual Great Garlic Cook-Off. Professional chefs take the stage on Sunday for the Garlic Showdown, hosted by Iron Chef Michael Symon. And BBQ pros and amateurs compete in the Gilroy Garli-Que BBQ Challenge on Saturday and Sunday.
Arts & Crafts Vendors
The Arts & Crafts areas showcase a colorful variety of unique, high-quality handmade creations from over 100 talented artists, including jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and more…including 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 in the Children’s Area. The Children’s stage features live music, magicians, puppet shows, and more. And there’s plenty of kid-friendly food too!
FUN FESTIVAL FACTS
- Each year, Gilroy Garlic Festival visitors consume more than 2 tons of fresh garlic from Gilroy’s own Christopher Ranch
- Average annual attendance: nearly 100,000
- Total attendance since 1979: 4,401,613
- Over 4,000 volunteers work each year on behalf of over 140 non-profit groups in Gilroy and surrounding communities
- The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has awarded $11.5 million to community schools and non-profit organizations since 1979
- The Gilroy Garlic Festival exclusively features California-grown garlic.