I don’t think I’ve ever eaten as much garlic as I did this weekend at the Gilroy Garlic Fest. It feels like garlic is pouring out of my veins right now as I’m writing this post.
Gross, I know.
But, it was sooooo worth it.
I’ve been wanting to go to the fest since I moved to SF in 2011 and I finally got the chance this weekend. Sometimes it’s great to have totally free weekends to cross off some Bay Area bucket list items.
The festival was huge and super easy to find. There were shuttles and volunteers telling you exactly where to go and I especially appreciated this because it was extremely hot and I was practically dying.
Luckily they had water misters and beer right upon entering! The festival was filled with food stations, gourmet alley with all gourmet garlic food, a kid and teen zone, live music, arts and craft stands, large amphitheaters set up for cooking classes, and a few beer gardens.
I was very much anticipating all of the amazing food we were going to have, so we mainly focused on that (duh). I was especially fantasizing about the garlic beer and garlic ice cream. Unfortunately, garlic beer is not really a thing which really bummed me out. The ice cream, though, was CRAZY and it was free. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite thing in the world, but i did eat the whole thing so do with that what you will. It was very garlicky.
Other highlights were trying garlic bread, garlic shrimp, garlic calamari, garlic pesto pasta, garlic Italian sausage, garlic cheesesteak, garlic fries, and garlic corn.
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