Is the unique smell of garlicky scampi and pepper steak coming from Gilroy?
The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, relaunched as a drive-thru event for these pandemic times, became famous by the fragrant bulb in town this afternoon.
For six days – from today through Sunday and July 30 to August 1 – Gourmet Ale’s Pyro chefs will put on their culinary show as festival attendees drive through the grounds of Gilroy Presbyterian Church to pick up pre-ordered meals.
Tom Kline, president of the Garlic Festival, said, “The idea was to throw a party and celebrate garlic, even if a gathering of thousands of garlic lovers might not be possible.
The menu features perennial Garlic Festival favorites – shrimp scampi, pepper steak sandwiches, sausage, garlic fries and garlic bread – plus festival T-shirts, caps, wine glasses and olive oil. For this weekend and next week advance orders are accepted here www.gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com.
In addition to the drive-thru, there’s a farm-to-table dinner at Fortino Winery on Saturday and a golf tournament next Friday.
Organizers had hoped to hold the event in 2020 as a symbol of civic unity following the mass shootings in celebration of 2019. But the coronavirus crisis thwarted those plans.
Details: Eating hours are 4-7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gilroy Presbyterian Church, 6000 Miller Ave. www.gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com