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Gilroy Garlic Festival
Gilroy, California
July 24–26  
There's nothing like a small-town food festival to make summer come alive! From peaches to pierogies, communities all across the country are coming together to celebrate the best bites their cities have to offer.

Everything's better with garlic! For 30 years, the good people of Gilroy, California, have been celebrating their favorite crop with parades, musical entertainment and arts and crafts. But the real show is the garlic itself. More than two tons of it is used to flavor everything from penne to pepper steak. In 2007 alone, festival goers consumed more than 8,000 servings of garlic fries, 11,000 stuffed mushrooms and over 16,000 slices of garlic bread. If you're feeling really adventurous, try the garlic ice cream!

Amateur chefs get into the action too with the Great Garlic Cook-Off, one of the most popular cooking competitions in the country. And, the Garlic Showdown pits four prominent Bay Area chefs in an Iron Chef competition for a $5,000 prize.

Since its inception, this three-day event—which requires the work of 4,000 community volunteers—has raised nearly $8 million for various local charities!

For more information, visit gilroygarlicfestival.com.


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