Gilroy savors all things garlic

 

Just sniff. That’s the annual Gilroy garlic festival located about 30 miles south of San Jose in the California Bay Area. It’s been the delight of foodies for nearly 30 years — featuring everything from garlic ice cream to 800 worldwide submissions this year. Eight finalists will prepare their recipes for a panel of five celebrity judges to competing the weekend of July 25 to July 27 at Christmas Hill Park.

 

Don’t come with a full stomach. Temptation nibbles include Cajun crawdads as the so-called “Gourmet Alley” fare will offer garlic-enchanced calamari, scampi, garlic bread, pasta penne con pesto, Italian sausage, stuffed mushrooms, garlic ginger stir-fry and, returning to a critically-acclaimed debut, garlic fries.

Did we mention French-fried garlic artichoke hearts, chicken and sausage jambalaya, garlic kettle corn and garlic-green tomatoes? Admission 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $12, seniors  and children 6-12 $6. Contact www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.