Garlic Festival 2010 Returns To Gilroy, CA

Special Appearance by “Top Chef” Alum Fabio Viviani

Posted by on Jul 16

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The city of Gilroy, California, is primarily known for one specific food item: garlic. 30 miles south of San Jose, Gilroy is known as the "Garlic Capital of the World." And its Garlic Festival usually attracts over 100,000 foodies per year.

This year's extravaganza, scheduled for July 23-25, estimates using 4,500 pounds of garlic to prepare the variety of dishes available for sampling. Guests will see cuisine ranging from the traditional to the extreme. Food items in the past have included calamari, scampi, stuffed mushrooms, Italian sausage, ginger chicken stir-fry, garlic fries, fried green tomatoes, and peppersteak sandwiches. And for the adventurous: garlic jelly, garlic kettle corn, even garlic ice cream.

Additionally, "Top Chef" contestant and fan favorite Fabio Viviani will perform a cooking demonstration on July 24th, and will return on the 25th to host a "Garlic Showdown."  This reality-style competition will pit local chefs against each other to create the best garlic dish. The winner receives a cash prize -- along with a crown of garlic.

Other festival highlights include a recipe contest, a plethora of shopping vendors, rides for the kids, and over 40 music acts on three different stages providing continual entertainment.

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, occurring July 23 through July 25, 2010, can be found on the official festival website.


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