Gilroy Garlic Festival

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Gilroy Garlic Festival
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Status active
Genre fairs
Begins Last Friday in July
Ends Last Sunday in July
Frequency Annually
Venue Christmas Hill Park
Location(s) Gilroy, California
Coordinates 36°59′52″N 121°35′7″W / 36.99778°N 121.58528°W / 36.99778; -121.58528Coordinates: 36°59′52″N 121°35′7″W / 36.99778°N 121.58528°W / 36.99778; -121.58528
Country United States

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 was 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.


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


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