Gilroy Garlic Festival

27 Jul

We went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, CA on Sunday. It was hot! And really sunny! I’m getting super tan this summer even after many applications of sunblock. I need to get sun proof clothing that won’t make me sweat to death.

The festival was really big and had lots to see. There were many, many food booths with all types of garlic infused foods as well as carnival foods (funnel cake!). There were craft booths selling all types of things including garlic related items like garlic roasters, garlic olive oil, and garlic shaped hats. The air was infused with garlic though Brian said it smelled stronger last year.

Amanda (right) and I in front of a flaming garlic!

The festival was a great place for garlic lovers and families with kids. They had a great kids section with carnival rides, crafts like spin art and wax hands, carnival games, and a live sing-along. For adults, there was a cook-off hosted by Fabio and Mattin who were both former Top Chef contestants. Since they’re not professional MCs, they didn’t really do a good job of letting us know what is happening with the 2.5 hour cook-off. Fabio kept giving away free stuff including random vegetables and flower arrangements that were decorating the stage. It was pretty amusing. We didn’t stay long because our section had no shade.

The cook-off on stage. Secret ingredient was mushroom.

Fabio talking with an organizer.

Even though the food smelled good, it was so hot that we didn’t have a big enough of an appetite to wait on the long lines for real food. Plus we snacked on goodies like FREE garlic ice cream samples.

garlic ice cream in a cute mini cone

I remember Bakerella was looking for cones like this recently. I want some too, they were adorable and would be super cute with cake balls. The garlic ice cream was great. Sweet with a good garlic flavor and even a bit of bite at the end that you get from raw garlic. We also got garlic fries. The garlic and herbs were on the bottom. These were really good. They also sold sweet potato garlic fries and crab fries.

Did you know that California produces 90% of the garlic in the US? More and more often though, you’ll find garlic from China so check the label/package if you care about buying local. Christopher Ranch is the largest garlic grower in California.

Brian likes to make silly faces when I try to take pictures.

After buying a large garlic braid, we finished off our garlic-filled day with a fruit smoothie before we left. Super long straws for the win!

Strawberry, banana, peach fruit smoothie.

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2 Responses to “Gilroy Garlic Festival”

  1. cindy July 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    garlic fruit smoothie? and i’m pretty sure that’s brian’s noooormal face.

    • eula July 27, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

      lol, no it’s just a regular fruit smoothie.

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