Gilroy Today 2011 06 Summer - Page 6

Garlic Festival 2011 Thirty-three years and going strong… By Larry J. Mickartz Those who attended the first Garlic Festival 33 years ago could not have imagined it today. In the past 32 years the Festival has hosted over 3.7 million visitors. Gourmet Alley has served 396 tons of beef, 126 tons of pasta, 75 tons of scampi, 56 tons of calamari and 76 tons of garlic! On top of all this, nearly $9 million has been distributed to local charities! The Garlic Festival has done something else for the community of Gilroy. The volunteer spirit combined with the “can do” attitude has set the stage for a community that has a remarkable record of getting things done. The willingness to work on projects or issues that make for a better community has become part of the fabric that is Gilroy. This year’s art poster by Joanne Perez Robinsen The 2011 Gilroy Garlic Festival is scheduled for July 29, 30, 31 — always the last full weekend in July. Some new things to look forward to: 1 “So You Think You Can Cook With Garlic” This is a social networking cooking competition. Contestants are encouraged to make a video of themselves,cooking with garlic. The videos are posted on the Garlic Festival Facebook page ( By June 6, the five contestants with the most “like” votes will go on the KGO radio site for more online voting. The two contestants with the most votes will be invited to prepare their recipe for judging on stage at the Garlic Festival on Friday July 29. The winner receives $810 (KGO is on AM 810) and the runner-up gets a Nob Hill $250 gift card. 2 Angelo Sosa, Fan Favorite on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Angelo Sosa will appear on the Cook-off Stage all three days. On Friday he will do a “fire it up” demonstration with local Gourmet Alley “pyro” chef, Jon Vickroy. On Saturday, July 30, he will do a cooking exhibition after the Great Garlic Cook-off. On Sunday July 31 Angelo will be the Master of Ceremonies for the professional chef’s Garlic Showdown. 6 G I L R O Y T O D A Y S U M M E R 2 0 1 1