Since 1979, a celebration of garlic and its importance to the Garlic Capital of the World. Almost 100 local and nationally known juried arts and crafts exhibitors are on- site. Three stages and several groups of strolling musicians provide a variety of musical entertainment. The Great Garlic Cook-off is one of the most well-known cooking contests in the country. Hundreds of amateur chefs respond to the call for recipes. The 100 most delicious-sounding of these are forwarded to a professional food consultant who makes the final selection. The finalists come to Gilroy to prepare their recipes, celebrity judges pick their favorites. There are plenty of things to do at the festival and lots of other food items as well as the children's area tol keep your kid's entertained all day.