Garlic on the chopping block at the Gilroy Garlic Festival
Toni Zernik


Gilroy Garlic Festival

Vampires beware: this is one garlic-infused weekend that you’ll want to miss. Everyone else—go, at least once, to this unforgettably odiferous and one-of-a-kind event. See how creative chefs can be when it comes using this iconic flavouring: you’ll find garlicky stir-fried shrimp and chicken, breads slathered with every kind of garlic butter, and addictive garlic fries—as well as more adventurous offerings, like garlic ice cream. Besides the plethora of garlicky foods, the festival has the Miss Gilroy Garlic competition as well as over 100 arts and crafts merchants. Can’t make the festival? Gilroy never forgets its favourite bulb. Anytime of year, shop for garlic products, presses, and souvenirs at shops around town.