Gilroy Garlic Festival To Return In Drive-Thru Form This Weekend

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

Gilroy Garlic Festival To Return In Drive-Thru Form This Weekend

You can preorder favorites from Gourmet Alley for pickup 7/30-8/1.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a beloved food festival that has been going on for 41 years. It’s returned this year for the first time since the mass shooting that shocked the community in 2019. The Gilroy Garlic Festival Assocation has decided to roll out the event in drive-thru form this year, so visitors can enjoy Gourmet Alley from their cars and get their delicious bites to go. Under normal circumstances, the festival is open for people to roam around and order food featuring garlic from a variety of vendors.

This “reimagined Gourmet Alley” will serve up pepper steak sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, shrimp scampi, garlic bread and garlic fries. You can also get merchandise including shirts, hats, and wine glasses. Be sure to pre-order ahead of time, for pick-up from 4-7pm on Friday, July 30; and 11am-7pm on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 at Gilroy Presbyterian Church. 

“We have all been confronted with so many changes due to COVID-19,” said Tom Cline, president of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association. “There is a great community desire to see some reminders of Festival past that highlight our community, our commitment to our non-profit partners, and, of course, our love of garlic.”

The Association is also hosting a golf tournament this weekend, but tickets have quickly sold out. Be sure to place your food orders ASAP before they sell out as well!


Since 1979, the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association has raised over $12 million for community organizations. You can contribute to their cause by clicking the “Donate Now” button on their website.

Find the Gilroy Presbyterian Church at 6000 Miller Ave in Gilroy, and remember to pre-order your food here!


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