The 35th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 26, 27, and 28, 2013) 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. This year there will be a “Garlic Bowl” cook-off between Univ of Cal Berkeley, Fresno State and San Jose State on Friday, July 26, at 2pm.
“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, 2013. 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 26, 2013 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.
WHERE: Christmas Hill Park; Gilroy, CA (30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101).
SAVVY TIP: This year, the Great Garlic Cook-Off Finals will also be streamed LIVE at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com on July 27, 10am - 1pm. There is free parking at the Festival with the shuttle starting at 9am.
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