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Photos by Bill Strange Photography and Lara Schraft.
FIRE IN THE HOLE!
The “Pyro Chefs” in Gourmet Alley put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari in huge iron skillets.
Gilroy Garlic Festival visitors enjoy the sounds of live rock ‘n roll, country, jazz, blues, reggae, mariachi, and more on three entertainment stages.
Kids enjoy lots of fun rides, games, and hands-on activities (plus Herbie the Festival mascot!) in the Children's Area.
You can even make your own garlic braid to take home as a souvenir!
The Arts & Crafts areas showcase a colorful variety of unique, high-quality handmade creations from over 100 artists.
The Garlic Mercantile boutiques offer a wide selection of gourmet food products and unique Festival souvenirs.
GREAT GARLICKY FOOD
Be sure to get a Combo Plate from Gourmet Alley so you can try all the Festival favorites!
No trip to the Gilroy Garlic Festival is complete without a free sample of the infamous only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!
2018 Miss Gilroy Garlic Festival Queen Sloane Pace
Queen Sloane and her royal court
Gilroy Garlic Festival co-founder Don Christopher and his wife Karen
POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS
Hundreds of volunteers work behind the scenes at Gourmet Alley slicing, chopping, cooking and serving great garlicky food – all to raise money for local schools and non-profit organizations. Over 4,000 volunteers work each year to host the Gilroy Garlic Festival.