After being canceled last year due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, the Gilroy Garlic Festival will return this summer in a “redesigned” fashion.
On Wednesday, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association announced that this year’s event will take place over two weekends – July 23-25 and July 30-August 30. 1.
“We have all been through so many changes due to COVID-19. There is a great desire from the community to see the festival return, ”said Tom Cline, president of the association, in a statement. “Together, we can work to reinvent a Gilroy Garlic Festival that will promote and honor all that truly makes Gilroy the Garlic Capital of the World.”
Cline went on to say that the festival “seeks to be more than a signature event”.
Highlights announced by the association include:
- A new drive-thru food alley to be held at the Gilroy Presbyterian Church. (The menu and hours of drive-thru will be announced soon).
- A farm-to-table dinner at Fortino’s Winery on July 24.
- A golf tournament, scheduled for July 30, at Gilroy Golf Course. (Details will be announced in May).
The Gilroy Garlic Festival Association said it is working with the Santa Clara County Department of Health to gain approval for the Gourmet Alley Drive-Through experience.
The past two years have been difficult for the festival, which is normally held at Christmas Hill Park. Organizers had hoped to hold the event in 2020 as a symbol of civic unity after a mass shooting at the 2019 festival. But the coronavirus crisis has thwarted those plans.
Filming took place on July 28, 2019, as the 41st annual event – one of the country’s most famous food festivals – wrapped up its three days. A 19-year-old gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing three people and injuring 17. He later died of a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.
In addition to attracting foodies from across the country, the festival is Gilroy’s main fundraiser for the year, with volunteers running the event to raise money for their clubs, schools and other non-profit groups.
Since 1979, the festival has raised over $ 12 million for nonprofits and local schools.
“We will continue to work to connect our community with various small events, educational activities and provide opportunities throughout the year,” said Cline. “Our historic mission to strengthen ties within our community is an ongoing commitment.