Skip to comments.Free samples at the Gilroy Garlic Festival
Posted on 11/28/2011 6:06:04 PM PST by moneyrunner
I spent one year in CA (1987-88) near LA. On the way home we drove north through SF and then cut back east. To this day I am jealous of people who get to live there if for no other reason than the natural resources and beauty; not to mention so many truly fine people.
Came across this Gilroy Garlic Festval a couple years ago when reading up on garlic and onions (I attempt simple home cooking now and then, with french fries being my favorite). Emailed them to see if they’d bring our little blues band out there for a gig. Never heard back. Reckon they get a ton of requests like that. The distance is certainly prohibitive when we can’t even drill for our own, IYKWIM.
Treat it like wasabi if you’ve had that before, don’t exhale through your nose while you’re eating fresh ones, seriously. Some of the better restaurants in the vicinity have come up with a few nice dishes using cooked fresh ramps that aren’t quite the gustatorial blast that raw ones are; that might be the best introduction. Or, conversely, you can just go for it. Be prepared, lol.
I am a long-time Gilroy resident (not any more). I have volunteered/worked at the Garlic Festival, too. Great food!
If one wishes to sample garlic ice cream, simply take some ordinary vanilla ice cream, sprinkle with garlic powder, and stir it up. I was not impressed. Many of the other non-free foods are wonderful, though.
The best “Vampire-free zone” in America.
It is nice, there are more than just pockets of conservatism there, too.
Elephant “Garlic”is a member of the Leek family and not a garlic...
Well, I’m one of those who will try almost any vegetable. And I like the hot stuff, so I will be an idiot and try it both ways. This could be fun. Thanks for the warning. LOL
Most of the garlic processed in Gilroy is grown around Los Banos
Briar Benders Garlic Dryer...
Martha Stewart got in on the act, lol.
So that’s where she ended up...
OH WAIT!!! Is that onyx?
Not my fault.
I didn’t name it.
When I was a kid, my mom would yell... then she would say “Where you boys been?”
“Down by the crick.”
She knew what I meant.
Weird that this Garlic Festival article is published in November - the festival is in the summer.
I like the idea of deep frying it...
It’s excellent. Especially with a nice cheese and a dry wine, like a good Merlot.
Or a good salame!
Abd don’t forget the Golden peperoncinis!
I eat those puppies by the quart! Yum!
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