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39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Photo Credit: Bill Strange Photography and Lara Schraft.

The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival is being held July 28, 29, and 30, 2017, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. This three-day event draws guests from around the world. Those traveling by automobile, bus, airplane, and train will find easy access to the event.

This year festgoers can catch the “Garlic Train” from the San Jose Diridon Station to Gilroy on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30. A shuttle bus will transport guests to and from the Festival. Train tickets include Festival admission and must be purchased in advance online. 

39th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival

Photo Credit: Bill Strange Photography and Lara Schraft

This festival offers everything leisure lifestyle folks could want. There’s plenty of garlicky food to sample, food demonstrations/contests, live entertainment plus arts and crafts. It’s a family friendly event with the children’s area filled with lots of fun & games.

Celebrity Food Stars

There will be special appearances by Food Network superstar Giada de Laurentiis and MasterChef Season 7 winner Shaun O’Neale.

Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis will be appearing at the Festival on Sunday, July 30. Giada will emcee the Garlic Showdown professional chef competition and then prepare one of her own favorite garlic-laced recipes on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage. 

Shaun O’Neale, Winner of MasterChef Season 7 on FOX, will be at the Festival on Friday and Saturday, July 28 and 29. O’Neale will emcee the Champions for Charity cooking competition, show off his “flame-up” skills with the Pyro Chefs in Gourmet Alley, co-emcee the Great Garlic Cook-Off, perform his own cooking demonstration on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage, and sign copies of his book –My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks.


There’s music for every taste all weekend on three stages.  Enjoy your favorites – Country, Blues, Rock, Americana, and more.


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!

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