Posted by: Dave DeWitt on Jul 09, 2009
10 tons of beef ... 4 tons of pasta ... 4 tons of calamari ... 2 tons of scampi ... plus 2 tons of fresh Christopher Ranch garlic ...More information here.
WHO Gilroy Garlic Festival
WHAT The 31st Annual "Ultimate Summer Food Fair"; three days of incredible food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and cooking demonstrations.
WHERE Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy CA
30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101
WHEN Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 24 - 25 - 26, 2009 - always the last FULL weekend in July
Hours - 10:00am to 7:00pm with gates closing at 6:00pm each day
HOW Tickets -
Adult General Admission $12, Children (ages 6-12) $6 (under 6 - free), Seniors (60+) $6
Tickets: one per person, per each day attending.
Cash only is accepted at the gate. ATMs are available at most gates.
Advance tickets available online after June 1st at tickets.gilroygarlicfestival.com
The festival is held in a park. It is all outdoors with mostly turf and some compact dirt and asphalt walkways. There are natural shade trees, and many shade tents with tables and benches.
The admission price includes parking, musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and a children's area. Festival guests purchase food and beverages from the vendors. Prices range from $2 to $12 depending on the item, which is a full-size serving, not a sample.
Lodging, camping, and RV sites: www.gilroyvisitor.org
Parking is Free with a shuttle running from the parking lot to festival grounds.
Free secure bicycle parking is available on Miller Ave. at Yorktown Dr. just 1/2 block north of the levee.
Public transportation: www.vta.org
Gilroy is serviced Monday through Friday by CalTrain Commuter Service only. The train leaves Gilroy in the morning and does not return until the evening.
The Garlic Express Train sponsored by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum will not run in 2009.
General Aviators - If flying in to the area:
South County Airport, (E16)
13025 Murphy Ave., San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 683-4102 www.magnumaviation.com
For your comfort:
Wear comfortable shoes - walking on lawn, compact dirt, and asphalt.
Dress in layers - mornings could be foggy, afternoons are sunny.
Sport hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen - there's lots of garlic sunshine.
Handicapped and disabled access:
The parking lot is a graded agricultural field. Ask the lot attendant for directions to handicap parking. From there, guests will be shuttled to and from the gate. The festival grounds are mostly lawn, compact dirt, and asphalt. There are handicap restroom facilities in the parking lot and at the many restroom areas throughout the park. There are many shade tents with tables and benches throughout the festival grounds.
Please remember: Shirt and shoes are required.
Christmas Hill Park rules prohibit bringing the following items on Festival grounds:
◦ Alcohol of any kind
◦ Bottles, glass and cans
◦ Coolers - large or small
◦ Frisbees and water projecting devises
◦ Pocket knives and weapons of any kind.
If you bring any of these items listed above, leave them locked in your car.
Please be advised that the City of Gilroy park rules prohibit dogs and other animals from being brought into the park, except Guide Dogs, Seeing Eye Dogs & Service Dogs.
There are no kennel facilities available at the park.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a celebration of food, fun and family. It is the Garlic Festival's policy to provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for all Festival patrons and volunteers. Therefore, the Garlic Festival refuses entry or admission to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating or signifying membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club. This policy is applied equally to all persons, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or medical condition.