Gilroy Garlic Festival Kicks off With a Bang

If you live in Gilroy, or even just pass through, you can smell the garlic from miles away. The unmistakable smell of freshly harvested, peeled, chopped and roasted garlic fills the air.

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Thousands of people gathered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park for delicious food, games and garlic. (July 27, 2018)
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Thousands of people gathered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park for delicious food, games and garlic. (July 27, 2018)
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Thousands of people gathered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park for delicious food, games and garlic. (July 27, 2018)
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Pyro chefs cook up garlic calamari during the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 208)
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Pyro chefs cook up garlic calamari during the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 208)
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Pyro chefs cook up garlic calamari during the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 208)
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Volunteers make garlic bread during the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 208)
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Pyro chefs cook up garlic calamari during the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 208)
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Pyro chefs cook up garlic calamari during the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 208)
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For the first time, the Gilroy Garlic Festival hosted the Garlic Chef Jr competition with MasterChef winner Shaun O'Neale as the MC. (July 27, 2018)
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For the first time, the Gilroy Garlic Festival hosted the Garlic Chef Jr competition and their youngest competitor was six-year-old Addyson Dell. During the competition Dell cooked a garlic mac n cheese with crispy garlic chicken tenders and roasted asparagus. (July 27, 2018)
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For the first time, the Gilroy Garlic Festival hosted the Garlic Chef Jr competition. One of the competitors was eight-year-old Sara Wang who cooked pappardelle with tomatoes, Italian sausage and parmesan. (July 27, 2018)(July 27, 208)
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For the first time, the Gilroy Garlic Festival hosted the Garlic Chef Jr competition and one of their competitors, 15-year-old Gannon Janisch, took a break from cooking to sing "Cielito Lindo" to the audience members. (July 27, 2018)
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Garlic fans smile for photos with garlic mascots at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. (July 27, 2018)
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Thousands of people gathered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park for delicious food, games and garlic. (July 27, 2018)
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Thousands of people gathered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park for delicious food, games and garlic. (July 27, 2018)
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Jennifer Gonzalez / NBC Bay Area
Thousands of people gathered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park for delicious food, games and garlic. (July 27, 2018)
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