That sweetly pungent smell wafting up from the south can imply the simplest thing — the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the granddaddy of California food galagala’s coming. This 41st annual event will be held continually on the final Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the month (July 26-28) at Christmas Hill Park, with garlicky food, cooking competitions, recipe demos, stay songs, and vendors.
Here are 12 months, plus a refresher on tickets, transportation, and extras:
THE CULINARY CELEBRITIES:
His first look in Gilroy might be Tom Colicchio, the James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur who serves as host and head judge of the long-strolling “Top Chef. At “the competition, he will be the Great Garlic Cook-Off at 10 a.m. Saturday, then demonstrate one of his preferred garlicky recipes and do a Q&A with the audience. Teresa Giudice, one of the stars of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” will head to the cooking degree at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to demonstrate wholesome Italian recipes in her family. She’s the author of She’s bestselling cookbooks, “Skinny Italian,” “Fabulicious,” a”d” Fabulicious” Fast”& Fit.”
THE COOKING CONT” STS:
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Kicking off the festival’s culinarfestival’sions will be Friday’s 11 a.m. CFriday’s for Charity, with first responders displaying off their culinary capabilities. Gerron Hurt, the season nine “MasterChef” winner”, will emc”e this one. The triumphing group will donate the $ 3,000 prizes to the charity of their desire. At 2 p.m. Friday, wannabe culinary stars a long time nine to 18 will compete in the 2nd annual Garlic Chef Jr. Each contestant will cook dinner or bake a unique recipe containing a minimum of six garlic cloves. Hurt will emcee. After the triumphing chef is introduced at 4 p.m., Hurt will be back on level for a cooking demo.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Colicchio will emcee the Great Garlic Cook-Off, an annual culture that pits many of the nation’s top newbination’stowards every difference. Four of the eight finalists are from California: Ellen Rivera of Gilroy will put together her Ribeye Triple Garlic Coconut Rice Bowl with Zippy Sauce; Robyn Price from Brea will re-create her Cocoa-Coffee-Crusted Garlic & 1st Baron Beaverbrook Cheesecake with Caramel Drizzle; Emily Falke from Santa Barbara is making Chiles en Nogada with Roasted Garlic Walnut Sauce, and Merry Graham from Newhall scored a finalist spot along with her Garlicky BBQ Pork Fluffy Japanese Pancake with Strawberry Sriracha Syrup.
Sunday’s big occasSunday’she noontime Garlic Showdown, an Iron Chef-style competition for professional cooks. This contest will be Alexander La Motte, government chef at the Rosewood CordeValle Resort in San Martin. Defending his two titles (2017 and 2018) might be Carlos Pineda, the chef from the Culinary Academy / Rebekah Children’s Home in Children up in opposition to him could be Mark Segovia of Segovia Catering in Gilroy, freelance chef Jon Toste, and Steven Catalano, executive chef at the Foster City tech corporation Zoox.
THE FESTIVAL FOOD:
The scorching pyro cooks at Gourmet Alley will serve their traditional recipes for garlic scampi, pasta con pesto, pepper steak sandwiches, calamari, and more. Vendors will promote sliders, hot dogs, nachos, burritos, and other festival fare. Festival-goers should purchase tickets to pattern ribs on the Gilroy Garlic-Que BBQ Challenge and forge their vote for People’s Choice.
Garlic ice cream is the most unusual item on the fest. You’ll like it, or you’ll, but you must strive for it. And it’s loose, courtesit’s Olam Foods of Gilroy.
THIS YEAR’S NEW COCKTAILYEAR’SThe Garlic Festival Mule became so popular in a signature copper mug that it sold out in the final 12 months. It’s again this year. It’s with the brand mug, refills $12), and there’s a brand new one, too. The Whiskey Daisy ($12) is a bitter whiskey made with Jameson.
BEST FREE SOUVENIR:
You can learn how to make a garlic braid to take domestic. Just show up in the Garlic Grove vicinity (close to the Garlic Cook-Off Stage) at 1 p.m. Or three p.m. On any competition day.
THE OTHER FREE SOUVENIR:
You don’t want an uncodon’tal sunburn courtesy of the new Gilroy solar. Make certain to put on sunscreen and reapply often.
You’ll discover liYou’llgs — rock, blues, jazz, swing, reggae — on three ranges, but u — S. A. Rules at this pageant. A Saturday night concert might be provided for the first time, with Grammy-prevailing Nashville singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat and her new band, Gone West, taking the Amphitheater Stage at 6 p.m. On what’s dubbed “Counwhat’snday,” K” TY ninety-five.”Three will once more present up-and-coming musicians. This 12-month’ noon to a month’s Lineup is Waterloo Revival, Caylee Hammack, and King Calaway.
If you’re using, don’t have GPS commands, and be wary of Waze because streets near the park might be blocked off. Instead, follow the electronic signs (and the long line of cars) on Highway One South and the different freeways to this 12-month parking masses. Months at 9 a.m. Parking expenses are $15; the shuttles are loose. Note: You’ll usually be parking on “graded agricultural fi” LDS,” so relaxed closed-toe” footwear is encouraged.
THE GARLIC TRAIN:
If you need to avoid the backed-up visitors on Highway a hundred and one and save on parking, consider taking the Garlic Train on Saturday or Sunday. It’s a charter to go to Diridon Station in San Jose at 10 a.m. on Both days. When you arrive in downtown Gilroy one hour later, an unfastening go back and go and go back and further you to the pageant. For the go-back experience, hop on the bus at 3 p.m. To catch the train back north. It will go away Gilroy at four p.M. Train tickets include pageant admission: $43 for adults, $38 for seniors (age 60-plus), and $33 for youths (a long time 10-16). Buy online at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.
You can keep $2 off each price ticket by buying online in advance (print out your tickets or download the bar code in your phone for scanning) at www.Gilroygarlicfestival.Com, or any Raley’s, Nob Hill, or Bel-Air kRaley’smission is $18 online/store for adults (or $20 on the gate), $13 for seniors (or $15 on the entrance) and $8 for kids (or $10 at the gate). Kids ages nine and under get in free. Parking additionally fees $2, much less while bought online. Plus, you could keep $2 on a mixture meals plate while offered in advance. So that’s $thirteen online for pas, pesto, calamari, 1/2 a pepper steak sandwich, and garlic bread.
Note the brand new hours this year: It’s 10 a.m. To 7 p.m. Friday, It’s.M to 8 p.m. Saturday (you get one extra hour to chow down and concentrate on tuning) and 10 a.m. To 6 p.M. Sunday. Entrance gates are near one hour before the occasion’s final time.