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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Anthropomorphic balloon with a "garlic bulb" head, displayed at Gilroy Garlic Festival, 2010

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 40th Garlic Festival will be held on July 27-29, 2018.

Over 4,000 volunteers from more than 150 non-profit groups make the festival possible, and over three million people have reportedly come to the festival since it began.

Past festivals

The 31st festival ran from July 24 to July 26, 2009. 108,526 people attended, sampling such diverse creations as garlic flavored ice cream[1] and garlic french fries. Attractions include three stages full of musical entertainment, a garlic cook-off, celebrity cooking demonstrations, a garlic braiding workshop, a children's area, arts and crafts, and many interactive displays.

History and Purpose

The festival was founded in 1979 by Dr. Rudy Melone, Don Christopher, and Val Filice. The festival is a major fundraiser for local charities, who receive money based on voluteers who work during the festival. Since the festival began, it has raised more than eleven million dollars for these charities. The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association is a non-profit organization that is intended to support non-profit groups and projects in Gilroy.

Gallery

Images from the Gilroy Garlic Festival
garlic food varieties (2006)
garlic food varieties (2006) 
More garlic food choices (2006)
More garlic food choices (2006) 
Garlic themed T-shirts (2006)
Garlic themed T-shirts (2006) 
Visitors enjoy free samples of garlic ice cream (2007)
Visitors enjoy free samples of garlic ice cream (2007) 

See also

References

  1. ^ Vanilla ice cream is used as a base, with a subtle flavoring of garlic added.

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