It goes without saying, the Gilroy Garlic Festival has dealt with the most sizable of challenges over the last two years after a gunman opened fire at the popular event two years ago killing three people and injuring 17 others. The event was forced to end a week early. Then last year, the event was a no-go because we were at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. But this year, fans of the fest are finally getting a taste of it but in a much different way.
The Gilroy Garlic Festival has returned this year as a drive-thru event only. Food vendors are parked at what is being called “Gourmet Alley” so people can drive up and pick up all the tasty creations. The event got underway this past weekend at Gilroy Presbyterian Church on Miller Avenue and will open back up this Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
But don’t just get in the car and drive there! To get your hands on the gourmet grub you must pre-order your menu items. The menu consists of 7 items which include the world-famous garlic fries and garlic bread. There are options to get your food right away or to pick it up at a specific time. It is a good idea to get your order in early in the day before the items sell out which appears to have happened on Sunday, according to their website.
“We’ve been challenged, last year with no revenue, we had to re-imagine it. So, this year, our volunteers are doing their service in kind to us raise money for the festival because we need that help,” Garlic Festival President Tom Cline told KPIX 5.
The festival is in desperate need of donations as it struggles to meet its revenue goals. There is a link to donate to the Gilroy Garlic Festival their website if you’d like to help out. The Garlic Festival Golf Classic which takes place on Friday is already sold out.