Hello, Friends, Today I am Sharing here top most Reasons Behind to Attend the Gilroy Garlic Festival.The Gilroy Garlic Festival is one of the largest food festivals in the United States, held annually in Gilroy, California on the last full weekend in July at Christmas Hill Park. The 38th Garlic Festival will be held on July 29 to 31, 2016.
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1. Garlic, Garlic, Everywhere!
Well, let’s face it: there’s a reason Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. This annual three-day festival is THE place to come for garlic in everything, from calamari, catfish, and kangaroo to garlic jelly, chocolate, and kettle corn. Your visit is not complete until you’ve tried the garlic ice cream!
2. The World’s Largest Outdoor Kitchen
The heart of the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the world-famous Gourmet Alley, where “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show while cooking up garlic-laced calamari in huge iron skillets. Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers prepare other Gourmet Alley favorites, including pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, zesty fried calamari, stuffed mushrooms, and sausage sandwiches, as well as garlic fries and garlic bread. The Combo Plates make it easy to try a little bit of everything!
3. Cooking Takes Center Stage
At the Garlic Cook-Off Theater, you’ll enjoy live cooking demonstrations and cutthroat competitions all three days. On Friday, local university chefs face off in Garlic Bowl MMXIV. On Saturday, eight finalists compete in the Great Garlic Cook-Off for the coveted garlic crown and a $5,000 prize. And on Sunday, celebrity chef Carla Hall (from ABC-TV’s The Chew) returns to emcee the iron chef-style Garlic Showdown. It’s gonna get hot in the kitchen!
4. Live Music, Handmade Crafts, and Children’s Activities
The Gilroy Garlic Festival does have something for everyone, with continuous live music on three stages, over 100 artists showcasing their unique handmade creations, and fun rides and activities in the Children’s Area and Teen Zone. You can even make your garlic braid and take it home as a souvenir!
5. Over $10 Million Raised for Local Charities
What makes the Garlic Festival so special is the fact that it is powered by volunteers. Every year, the people of Gilroy and surrounding communities come together to host this massive party for over 100,000 guests. Volunteers do everything from parking cars and taking tickets to pouring wine and emptying out the garbage cans. Since 1979, they’ve raised over $10 million to benefit local schools, charities, and non-profit groups.