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.
Click to download a .pdf version of the 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival Media Kit.
Please check back for an updated Media Kit for 2019.
For additional information, contact Katherine Filice at 408.852.3510 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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—as well as live shows and kid-friendly food—in the Children’s Area. Near the Cook-Off Stage, you can make your own garlic braid (for a fun, free souvenir) and watch garlic topping demonstrations presented by Christopher Ranch.
WHAT'S ON THE MENU
GOURMET ALLEY: THE OFFICIAL FOOD OF THE GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL
- Gilroy Garlic Shrimp
- Garlic Calamari
- Garlic Scampi
- Pasta con Pesto
- Pepper Steak Sandwich
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Marinated Mushrooms
- Italian Sausage Sandwich
- Zesty Garlic Fried Calamari
- Garlic Fries
- Garlic Bread
- Combo Plates
Other food vendors throughout the park offer a wide variety of garlic-laced food and other treats.
DON'T FORGET THE GARLIC ICE CREAM!
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).
FUN FESTIVAL FACTS
- Each year, Gilroy Garlic Festival visitors consume more than 2 tons of fresh garlic from Gilroy’s own Christopher Ranch and 2.5 tons of Challenge butter
- Average annual attendance: nearly 80,000
- 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.