Calling All First Responders: We want you to compete at the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival!


April 11, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): The Gilroy Garlic Festival wants teams of local first responders to compete in the second annual “Champions for Charity” challenge at the 2017 Festival. Teams will compete in a three-round cooking challenge on Friday, July 28 to win $3,000 for the charity of their choice.

Four teams of two will be selected to compete in three elimination rounds including Appetizer, Entrée, and Dessert. After each round, a panel of judges will evaluate taste, creativity, appearance and use of garlic to determine who will move on to the next round. The winning team will be awarded $3,000 to donate to a charity of their choice (not mention bragging rights!).


Marcie Morrow, Co-Chair of the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival Recipe Contest Committee, said, “Last year’s first-ever Champions for Charity event was a huge success, and we are excited to welcome our local heroes to once again compete on behalf of their favorite charities. The competition on the Garlic Cook-Off Stage is intense—and all for a good cause!”

Local firefighters, police officers, and EMTs are encouraged to apply for this event in teams of two. Both parties competing must be non-professional chefs. Online applications can be found at and must be submitted by May 1, 2017.



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