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If a rose by any other name wouldn’t taste as sweet, how about garlic ice cream?

Or garlic scampi? Or out-of-this-world stuffed garlic mushrooms. Garlic fries. Garlic ginger stir-fly, French fried garlic artichoke hearts, garlic chocolate …


We could go on, or we could just announce the pure garlic bliss: the Gilroy Garlic Festival.


You can just follow your nose, of course. The sweet aroma of the “stinking rose” is famous for permeating for miles across the Santa Clara Valley.


After all, Gilroy is the Garlic Capital of the World. Over 60 million pounds of fresh California garlic are produced each year and shipped to stores.


Over 4,000 volunteers rally each year, driven by a love for garlic and a passion for community. Each year, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association distributes money to local charitable organizations based on the number of volunteer hours contributed to the festival.


And it’s not just garlic – it’s three days of live entertainment, beverages and food, plus, a garlic showdown with battling chefs. But let’s face it, it’s really about the garlic.


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