The 34th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 27, 28, and 29, 2012) is a popular South Bay tradition billed as the “Ultimate Summer Food Fair” — three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, and live entertainment. You can save $2 off the gate price when you buy tickets in advance, either online or at one of the markets listed below. And residents of Gilroy can get a $5 discount for Friday.
The event includes dozens of concerts and plenty of kids activities. In 2011, ”Top Chef” Angelo Sosa and country recording artist Kip Moore headlined the entertainment throughout the event.
“The 100,000-plus attendees will enjoy a critically acclaimed fare that features Gourmet Alley’s scampi, calamari, stuffed mushrooms, peppersteak sandwiches and pasta con pesto. The much-anticipated new addition, the Alley Wrap, is a steak and shrimp delicacy enhanced with rice, cilantro, cumin, aioli and garlic, enveloped in a garlic-infused lavash.”
DEAL 1: Gilroy Garlic Festival Advance Discount – Get $2 Off when you buy tickets online at gilroygarlicfestival.com, or at any Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, beginning June 1, 2012. Discount prices are $15 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Also available online only are $2 Off discount tickets for a Gourmet Alley Combo Plate, regularly $12, available for $10 with an online admission ticket.
DEAL 2: Gilroy Garlic Festival Locals Day – Friday July 27, 2012 only. You can purchase up to two $12 General Admission tickets at the gate. That’s a $5 savings per ticket! Present a valid photo ID for Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Hollister, San Juan Bautista or Aromas. Maximum of two tickets per ID.
WHEN: July 27 – 29, 2012, 10am to 7pm. (Gates close at 6pm.)
WHERE: Christmas Hill Park; Gilroy, CA (30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101).
SAVVY TIP: Last year, theGreat Garlic Cook-Off Finals were streamed LIVE at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.
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