Grab the Kids and the Altoids – It’s Garlic Time

California Agriculture usually gets shortshrift around here. Besides trying to pass long hours on the 5 attempting to identify mystery produce, how much time do you really spend appreciating the bounty of this fine land.
Well – here’s your chance to pay homage to CA’s great bulb – the garlic.
That’s right – it’s time for the 2004 Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Gilroy is, after all, the Garlic Capital of the World. We have lots of capitals here, actually. Watsonville for strawberries, Castroville for artichokes, Stockton for asparagus, etc.
Tickets are $10 (there are coupons out there, according to the site), and Gilroy is just a short – okay long-ish- trip down the 101. I’m sorry, down 101, for you NorCal types who are easily confused by the use of definite articles in freeway titles. The fair runs Fri – Sun from 10am to 7pm (though gates close at 6).
I’ve been told it’s a crazy, crazy, madhouse of people, so go early. Check their website for FAQ, more info, etc.
Oh – and if you are somehow anti-garlic (sort of unamerican of you), and are more a fan of fruit – would you believe there’s another ag-fest this weekend?

If you really want to take a drive, head east for the Courtland Pear Fair. I’ve yet to hit Gilroy (though this looks to be my year), but I did do the Pear Fair circuit when I was living in Sacramento. Courtland is iddy-biddy, but hey, who knew you could do so much with pears? And how can you resist and effot promo-ing itself: “Join us for a fun-filled day in ‘Pear’adise as we celebrate the Bartlett pear harvest!”
I’ll be fun-running for 5 miles through pear orchards, then drowning the muscle fatigue in pear cider.
Three cheers for ag and Bay Area weekend road trips.

4 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2004 @ 2:35 am

    This a post chock full of good info! The Garlic Festival is very fun… I went last year and had a blast. Be warned, it’s not a good event for a first date though.
    The Pear Festival also looks promising, although Cortland is quite the drive. Although, a good pear is worth quite the drive.

  2. (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2004 @ 7:09 am

    It’s not “the 5”. It’s Highway 5, or i-5.
    They call it “the 5” in “the L.A.”

  3. (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2004 @ 7:10 am

    And if you call it “THE 101” again you can go back to wherever you came from.

  4. cd (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2004 @ 7:20 am

    I’ve never called it “The 82,” I would only call it El Camino. I also don’t speak Jersey. And you’ll note that I translated “the 101” into Bay Area speak. As for the 5, it’s 5 from here till Bakersfield, at which point, it becomes the 5. Freeways that only exist up here are sans-article (280, 880, 17). The 101, however, is just the 101. I can’t drop the the. Sorry.
    So, what, do we have a lot of Anonymouses are just one, full-o-comment-Anonymous?
    Maybe y’all can make up initials for yourselves or something . . . .

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